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Title IX, a bill that was passed to achieve women’s equity in sports, has tremendously improved the quality of women’s athletics for women on the high school and college levels. While this bill has made some advancements in women’s athletics, it still does not focus on attaining optimum equality among genders in athletics particularly in funding. Title IX has been beneficial in achieving equality in women’s sports but needs to be improved tremendously.
It cannot be denied that Title IX has provided advancements for women’s sports that would have otherwise not been possible. Because of Title IX, women can attain scholarships and other funds that would have been denied to them forty years ago. Many females go to college on athletic scholarships now with the help of the bill. Similarly, women are provided with nicer, newer facilities that would not be possible without government aid. This is partly because of the fact that most women’s sports are non-revenue sports. The largest sports that bring in the most money to colleges are typically male sports. As a general rule of thumb, crowds are not attracted to women’s events in athletics, and this puts lets emphasis on their facilities. Title IX, however, allows women to use and practice in advanced facilities that are similar to their male counterpart’s facilities. These scholarships and facilities could not be funded without the help of Title IX.
Women also are seeing more playing opportunities because of the bill. Since the seventies, women’s sports teams have grown at colleges and universities across the nation. In 1972, women only constituted for 15.6% of all college athletes. Now, women make up close to 40% of collegiate athletes. As one can see, this is a great stride for women participating in sports. Although the numbers seem quite impressive, one can see that women are still not equal in the athletic arena. If Title IX had been completely effective over the past thirty years, women would easily comprise 50% of the athletes on the collegiate level. From these statistics, it is undeniable that Title IX has been effective, but it is also necessary for Title IX to be revised so that women have the exact opportunities as men in athletics.
An ever greater issue arises when it comes to Title IX and equal funding between genders. First and foremost, female coaches do not receive nearly the same salaries that male coaches do. Most females even admit that at some point in their career journey they were discouraged from the athletic profession because of the low and unfair salaries. The salaries of coaches are very important due to the fact that they are the leaders of their female athletes. In order to have a team on the collegiate level, one must have a coach. If coaches are not available, then women cannot be expected to play sports. Therefore, the first problem that must be corrected in Title IX funding is equal pay for coaching and leadership in athletics. Likewise, women do not receive nearly the money that men do when it comes to receiving scholarships. During the 1990’s a study found that on average men receive over 70% scholarship money. Many who disagree with Title IX state that this is only fair due to the fact that men bring in the most money to their colleges because of the revenue that their sports bring into their college. However, it should be argued that if women are not granted equal opportunities to bring in revenue, they cannot be expected to do so. In the same light, women in athletics already have a disadvantage because the public is naturally drawn to male sports. For instance, football generally brings in the most revenue for colleges across the nation. This is because football has been a lasting tradition in the United States for years. Male sports are older and have been enjoyed much longer than female sports. Therefore, women have never been given equal opportunity in athletics partly because of tradition. While tradition takes a while to change, change has to begin somewhere. Through Title IX, funding should be increased for women’s athletics, and this added funding will produce a chain reaction in the athletic scene. Because of more money, women will have more opportunities to improve and greater facilities in which to train. Since female athletes will have more opportunities for success, they will draw more attention from the public. More public attention from the public will in turn create a larger revenue for the school. Thus, equality will be achieved in the long run for athletes.
In my rough draft, I focused on developing my ideas on the issue in which I chose to discuss. Now that I have mapped out my concerns, I will incorporate other documents and statistics to further present my case.
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