Gender Inguality

In sport, health and exercise

Early 20th century

During the first two decades of the 20th century, opportunities for women to participate in collegiate sports were continually diminished, according to the Women's Sports Foundation. By the early 1920s women were only allowed to participate in sports via recreational sports days, because it was thought that too much physical exertion was unhealthy for the female body and they would become masculing. During the great depression more women went to work to support their familys and this gave women the oppourtunity to join industrial sports leagues. It became more socially acceptable for women to take part in sport and exercise. Female physical educators began to concede that physical exercise is actually benefical for women and they were allowed to exercise more and more.

Late 20th early 21th century

Today in todays society you could say women are just as active as men in a general sense, for example you will find roughly an equal amount of men and women in the gym. However they still don't have equal opportunities when it comes to earnings and scholarships. According to the womens sports foundation male athletes get $179 million more in athletic scholarships. Additionally, collegiate institutions spend just 24 percent of their athletic operating budgets on female sports, as well as just 16 percent of recruiting budgets and 33 percent of scholarship budgets on female athletes.