Female athletes are facing the same problem everywhere. People are still not okay with the fact that they play. They are comfortable in seeing a woman in very less and very specific zones, and since being a professional athlete is not counted as one, people react and most importantly, in the most unfair manner.
Let me give you 5 instances that prove the same.
1. The Indian women’s cricket team (combined) earns less than a Single A- lister male cricketer. Why? Have a look and simple addition and multiplication will help you compare!
And for those who feel it’s because they can’t be compared, Mithali Raj has led the country to three World Cup finals. Meanwhile Pathiv Patel has not played a single international Test match for 8 years.
2. The crowd shames female athletes for basically everything they do on and off the court.
Who could be a better example than Sania Mirza. She is probably the best tennis player India has ever produced and was ranked number one doubles player by ATP for more than 80 weeks.
But what does the world want to know about Sania? Screw her achievements, how dare she wear short skirt being a Muslim! And marrying a Pakistani? Forget the medals, she’s a traitor!
3. There’s not even a single female athlete in Forbes’ list of top 100 highest earning athletes.
Isn’t that stupid? Not even one female athlete around the globe who could make it to the list. After calculating the earning, Forbes considers the prize money and endorsement deals.
In 2014, the prize money that the men’s football world cup had was $35 million. A year later, women placed the same competition and the winning team got $2 million as cash prize.
According to the authorities, it was the fault of viewers, according to viewers it was the fault of the media and guess who the media blamed, Authorities! While women win many games on the field, the blame game is the one where they obviously lose without even participating!
And the best part about all of this is that even after facing all of this, these women practice on the field every single day and they will continue to do so until the world accepts them and understands them better.