Female sports players cop a lot of crap. One thing we hear and over and over in relation to female athletes is that “they’re just not as strong as guys.”
It’s true, scientifically speaking. Women are built differently to their male counterparts- we have less muscle mass and, therefore, less natural strength.
Saying women aren’t as strong as males is fact.
Where I have issue with that phrase is when it is used as a reason to dismiss a female participating in something or to undermine her ability. Just because we’re biologically different does not mean we are not as determined, skilled and good at what we do.
If a guy can play soccer or footy or swim the English channel, then a woman can too. Simple.
The US Women’s soccer team just proved once and for all that gender and sporting ability are not mutually exclusive.
They just scored the most goals ever in a single World Cup match- for men and women- smashing Thailand 13-0 in their first game of 2019.
The win is much more than an impressive scoreboard. It told all the critics to “shut the hell up” without saying as much. It showcased the skill and teamwork of the US Women’s team, proving that it’s not how hard you can kick a ball but how well you can kick a ball.
Brute strength is not always the answer and it certainly does not make men better athletes.
The US women’s team has dominated the game for decades, winning three World Cups, four gold medals in the Olympics, and being ranked No. 1 by FIFA for 10 of the last 11 years. This isn’t a fluke win, it’s a well-deserved win.
Even though they play more games and have won more championships, the US women team continue to be paid less than their male counterparts, who didn’t even qualify for the men’s World Cup last year.
This year, the womens team sued the US Soccer Federation for discrimination and are still fighting the good fight. Their show of dominance during Tuesday night’s game further supports their case.
The reality in Australia was just as dire until 5 days ago. Reuters reports that Australia’s professional women soccer players will be given the same base pay as men in a one-year extension to a collective bargaining agreement.
The decision, made by Football Federation Australia, means that players in Australia’s Womens League will have their annual minimum remuneration hiked 33 percent to A$16,344 ($11,400), with their base hourly rate matching the men’s A-League.
The money is there and the fan support is too.
The Matildas game on Monday night got an audience of over 800,000 on SBS when it streamed live on TV at some insane hour of the morning.
Not only are these women kicking some serious arse, people are watching them do it. Bout time they got the attention they deserve.
It’s also about time they got recognised as the amazing, skilled athletes they are. They might be female but they can play just as hard and win just as good.
Running/kicking/hitting/playing like a girl isn’t an insult- it’s a compliment. One the whole world should be using more often.