Empowerment and equality for women and girls has been on everyone’s lips in 2019. It has been an ongoing topic, but one that is slowly openly accepted in halls of discussion. Equality has come up in different forms, some of it being equal pay and equal opportunity.
The 2019 Women’s World Cup has been centre-stage to showcasing women’s talent in sport. It has shown the importance of not only cheering for women, but believing in their abilities in a male-associated sport. The message is that soccer can be more than a hobby for women. It can be a profession that they not only excel in, but also earn a good living from.
This obviously brings up the significance of equal pay for women in sport as their counterparts. Before suggesting the lack of popularity of female sports, we beg to differ! A sporting event or league that is supported, well-promoted and funded brings along the audience it deserves. US women’s soccer matches, for one, brought in more profits in the passed 3 years than men’s soccer, but female players still earn significantly less than men (source: The Wall Street Journal). Among many things female athletes deserve, equal pay is one of them.
Now, a remarkable fifteen year old has graciously shown an aspect of equality for women – the power of equal opportunity. We have seen the incredible teen athlete, Cori Gauff, playing her debut at Wimbledon. Not only did she get to do what many only dream of, but she also got to play against her hero Venus Williams. And as you might know, she beat Williams, the 5-time Wimbledon champion!
This should not be a surprise on our part, but more of an expectation, as young girls should have equal opportunity despite their background, race, age or gender. All girls should have a crowd expecting them to win, even before they start. Imagine a girl in rural Zambia in our YES Girl project realizing she has the option to be a great athlete, like the boys in her village believe!
A world can exist where we believe in women and young girls before they have to prove themselves. Society can still continue thriving while cheering on girls before they accomplish anything. Let’s let Cori Gauff and the gifted women soccer players put in us that applauding women is not taboo. Let women be championed before any trophies or accolades, but because of their unlimited potential.
So, YES to girls and women succeeding in every sphere! YES to young girls pursuing their dreams!