The problem with women’s sports

I have a real issue with women’s sports. I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only one with this concern, either.

The problem I have with women’s sports is that they are, with very few exceptions, overlooked.

There are some sports where women are almost as equally represented as men, but I can count them on one hand: tennis, swimming, athletics and, more recently, UFC Fighting.


But soccer, cricket, basketball, hockey or football? Forget it.

According to an article posted by the ABC, women feature in only 7% of sports coverage. Outside of the Olympics, no one really cares about women in sports.

It was almost embarrassing watching the female teams battle it out in the Big Bash last week. While the mens’ teams are playing with the support of up to 50,000 people cheering from the stands, the womens’ teams were lucky to have 10 people in the crowd!

But why?

Our women’s teams are excellent. We have a fantastic calibre of female athletes in Australia and no one knows or cares about them.

The women’s cricket team, the Southern Stars, are ranked best in the world. But how many people know that?

The women’s soccer team is ranked 9th in the world by FIFA, while the men’s team isn’t even in the top 50. In fact, the women’s team have over 3 times the number of points that the men’s team have, but when they made it into the World Cup – while our guys didn’t even qualify – it was buried in the news headlines, beneath the latest fashion tips and celebrity scandals.

Female athletes work as hard as male athletes but get a fraction of the attention.

It shouldn’t be all that surprising that former NBA player Gilbert Arenas posted an incredibly sexist and highly offensive Instagram post on the subject just recently.

It featured a video of two women in lingerie shooting hoops. According to him, the women’s basketball league should take some inspiration and embrace lingerie football.

More than 17 thousand people liked that post.

What saddens me most about the lack of women’s sports coverage is that my daughters are missing out on potential role models. Role models who are dedicated, hard working, strong, fit and passionate; all things that I want my daughters to be.

Young boys look up to sports people; young girls look up to singers and actresses. Maybe if there was more sports coverage showcasing women, my girls could look up to sports stars too?