The BBC had an interesting radio debate recently about the fact that women in sport routinely get less prize money. In fact, 30% of sports pay less, which doesn’t sound much but the disparity is huge.
This provoked the inevitable, but women aren’t as interesting to watch, don’t play as long etc responses. I tweeted out that maybe if women’s sports had as much money pumped into as men’s we might hold a different view. We’ve been brainwashed by the massive overload of men’s sports on TV and the prominence and importance given to it.
I had the following response from the BBC’s Laura Rawlings and thought you might like to see it (I’ve put three tweets into one):
Key debate. What msg does lower prize money/pay send out? Women are more than 1/2 the pop – can’t write them & endeavours off.
Ironic thing about #football is that in early 1900s women’s teams played to capacity crowds & got similar gate receipts to men’s
played to crowds of 53k! Until 1921 when FA banned ladies football – changed course of game. Lasted 50yrs. #equalprizemoney
Try this exercise for a week: take any national newspaper and flip though checking out the sports pages. How much attention is given to women’s sports. Is it roughly 50/50? If it is, you are living in a very enlightened country and should feel proud.
RenewYou, for women everywhere.
If you’d like to join in the debate on twitter I’m @janecwoods
Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Jane