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Poll: Have We Reached Gender Equality in Sports?

America’s female Olympians have nearly double the number of medals as the American males.

As the closing ceremony marks the end of the spectacular summer Olympic Games XXX, America can rejoice in the Herculean efforts of our athletes—and our impressive medal count.

But notably, the medal count for American women is nearly double that of the male athletes. As of Friday, the women have won nearly twice as many medals: 100 total medals to 59 for the men, according to NPR. Plus there are more female athletes than males competing in this year’s Games.

It has been 40 years since the passage of Title IX, the Equal Opportunity in Education Act, which is largely applied to prohibiting gender discrimination in school sports. Since then, women have been making strides on the court, field and arena, encouraging young girls to reach their dreams of athletic prowess just like their male classmates. 

Have we reached gender equality? Or do women still have a ways to go? Let us know in the comments.

Sharon Snyder August 13, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I think we need to step out of our USA box -- it's not about female USA medal counts and male USA medal counts -- it's also looking at athletics and gender equity from a more global perspective. I think there are lots of countries that pour resources into their male athletes and far fewer opportunities exist for female athletes globally. I agree with Lown and Rycenga above. Gender equity in sports has come a long way -- but we have much much further to go and many more markers to look at to see if/when we achieve gender parity both on a national and global level.
sister madly August 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
good grief. is that what the feminist movement was about?? blech. how about some REAL gender equality??
George Muteff August 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
In an effort to separate the wheat from the shaft, let's use a few props. Here's one, titled "Penn State receives accreditation warning"; http://news.yahoo.com/penn-state-receives-accreditation-warning-062847334--spt.html Now of course we realize why the Penn State football program, and by extension the University itself is under fire, but that is not the core issue for this thread. What we're talking about here, or at least I'm talking about here is the economic impact of male sports and why male sports get more attention than female sports. In that vein, take a look at this: http://econimpact.psu.edu/ , titled "Economic Impact Statement". Take a good hard look. Is there a female athletic program anywhere, college or pro, that can boast this, let alone has accomplished this? From another standpoint, look at this one, titled "Super Bowl ads cost average of $3.5M": http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2011/story/_/id/7544243/super-bowl-2012-commercials-cost-average-35m Is there any female athletic event that garners these revs? Is it right? Well, I suppose that depends on your point of view. Is it real? Very, and despite the fact that the Olympics provided us with the most incredible array of venues and an even more incredible array of individual and team accomplishments, that will not change how sports are measured -- in dollars and cents. The Olympics really were addictive, weren't they? Loved it.
George Muteff August 14, 2012 at 08:01 PM
As I type this out, I am watching the 5 American gymnasts on the floor of the NYSE getting ready to ring the closing bell; quite an honor and fun to watch. They all look great...and are. They each took turns with the gavel. They captured the attention of everyone on the floor. Great stuff.
Cindi Jacobs September 10, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Do you know Bob Sheldon?

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