On Saturday, during a football game against the Georgia Bulldog, the University of South Carolina attempted to celebrate women’s athletics — but it didn’t go as planned. Between the first and second quarters, the league invited all of its 275 female athletes to the field in honor of Title IX’s 50th anniversary, only to be turned away by the UofSC head coach.
The Civil Rights Bill was passed in 1972, Title ninth Protects against gender discrimination in federally funded educational programs, activities, and sports. Among other things, Title IX assures women that they have the right to play on the court as any other athlete. When the ninth title was passed, only 300,000 women and girls play sports in their college and high school teams nationwide. What is worse? These are hundreds of thousands of athletes They only took 2 percent of college athletes’ budgets Leaving the lion’s share of interest and financing for men. The impact that Law IX has had on sports cannot be overstated: by 2016, one in five girls in the United States played sports, compared to one in twenty-seven girls before the law was passed, Women’s Sports Foundation. The law also raised competition standards for women, as well as funding and opportunities.
Given this date, the results of the South Carolina celebration are particularly ironic. The female athletes came down to the soccer field on time, but only seconds passed before South Carolina coach Shane Beamer shouted, “Get off the field!” While he was moving hard on the math to leave.
All female math students participating in the game were asked to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the ninth title. We were in the field for maybe 15 seconds and then we screamed to get off. If you want to honor female math students, do that, not this. https://t.co/WIPaZAAxTx
– Jellissa Harris (@jyllissa_harris) September 18 2022
The tweet is now viralGamecock, women’s soccer player jelesa harris She responded to the clip, writing, “All female student athletes were asked to come to the game to acknowledge 50 years to the ninth title. We were on the court maybe for 15 seconds and then yelled to get off. If you want to honor female student athletes, then do that, not this.”
Beamer apologized on Sunday, according to Charlotte ObserverHe explained that he did not know that the ceremony was taking place. “I apologize to anyone I offended,” Beamer said. “I hope people know me well enough to know what I stand for for women’s sports. I have two daughters from my country who play sports. I am at as many women’s sports events in Carolina as I can be because I believe in them and support them, and anyone who thinks otherwise definitely doesn’t know me.” “.
But UofSC’s interaction is almost too perfect as a symbol of the systemic discrimination still facing female players 50 years after passing Title IX. (See: The fact that women athletes are largely underpaid in professional sports.) It’s not about how much you advocate for women’s sports in theory—whether you’re an individual, an organization, or an entire community—it’s what you do in practice, that really matters.
On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, what happened at UofSC should be an ongoing call to action for all sports organizations: Women belong on the field.
Image source: Getty / Wesley Hitt
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