Sports empower women and girls around the world every day by breaking gender inequalities and stereotypes in society. Women and girls have been breaking down these barriers for a long time throughout history and have come a long way. However, many countries still don't recognize women as equals in everyday society. Women are held back by their gender. However, women's access to sports is expanding. With more resources and the fight for gender equality, sports bring empowerment to more and more women around the world every day.
Sports Empower Women And Build Confidence
Sports allow women to have individuality and identity within societies that might otherwise count them out. Being an athlete means you are pushing yourself physically and mentally every day. The hard work that you put into your sport makes your body stronger, but it builds your confidence. If you can do what it takes to succeed in your sport, you can do what it takes to succeed in life. As a female athlete, you empower yourself to seize opportunities when they come your way and have the confidence to do so. Girls are learning from a young age how to work hard and to know their strengths and weaknesses. As females grow in sports they learn to know themselves and what they are capable of.
Sports Help Women Develop Leadership Qualities
Being a member of a team helps girls to develop leadership qualities from a young age. As a member of a team, you have to learn how to work together with your teammates. You have to adapt to different personalities. You have to learn how to listen as well as speak. These are valuable skills that can be used in all areas of life outside of sports. Female athletes can later use these leadership qualities in workplace, family, social life, and personal goals. These leadership qualities teach women that they can speak up. They can inspire others with their stories. They do have a voice in this world and sports can empower them to share it without fear.
Sports Allow Women To Feel Successful
Female athletes constantly set and break records, push boundaries, and raise the bar for what we ever thought was possible in athletics. These strong women inspire other women and girls to fight for what they want and pursue their goals. Sports are a gateway to equality for women. They allow women to show the world that they are strong, they are not afraid to work hard, and they can accomplish anything that they put their minds to.
Sports not only allow the world to be amazed by what female athletes are accomplishing, but they allow women to support women. Women are working together to raise each other up and help each other succeed. This is perhaps one of the most empowering things that sports provide.
Female athletes aren't the only ones looking for more representation and equality. The International Olympic Committee and the UN Women are working together to launch the Sports For Gender Equality initiative into the Olympic games. This initiative was launched in 2020 and works to balance the gender ratio and privilege in the Olympic games. The statistics for the 2020 Olympics were at a gender balance of 48.8 percent of the athletes being female. They also changed the opening ceremonies so that one male and one female jointly carry their country's flag. This initiative goes beyond the Olympics by preventing and responding to gender based violence, creating economic equality for women, and also protecting women from biased press and media.
Empowering Woman At School
Schools are also doing more for empowering women through sports. The Title IX Law allows for just as many women's sports in school as men's sports. This allows female athletes to have just as much opportunity in athletics as male athletes.
The world is getting more inclusive for female athletes. They can break down gender norms and stereotypes. They are becoming empowered through sports and learning skills that make them strong and able to stand on their own in society. Women worldwide can find an identity and a voice through sports when they might otherwise be oppressed. Sports are a way for female athletes to show the world just how powerful women are.