Monday, March 30, 2015
The real MarchMadness: Where are the girls?
As a female athlete, this issue has frustrated me my entire life. Where are women's sports on TV?
Growing up I wondered where the Michael Jordan or Derek Jeters (or fill in the blank of several hundred other male sports stars) were for female athletes... and sadly, you could count them on one hand (Mia Hamm, The Williams twins and more recently gymnasts Shawn Johnson and Gaby Douglas). But all of those names rose at a time when they were at their highest level of competition on a worldwide stage. Not March madness. Not even a regular match.
Would anyone even know that both the mens and women's tournaments run at the same time? No. Could you watch a women's game easily if you wanted to? No.
What are we suggesting here?