Forbes magazine came out with a list of 'The Highest Paid Athletes', the top 100- earning athletes hail from 23 different countries and compete in 11 sports with Americans (65) and basketball players (40) being the most prevalent. Over the last 12 months, they banked a cumulative $3.8 billion with 23% derived from endorsements and appearances.
Remarkable, absolutely remarkable. Indeed the sports industry is setting a trail of its achievements without any doubt. Being a part of this 'progressive society' we call ourselves to be a part of, how did we not pay heed to the fact that there isn't a single woman athlete who is a contributor to this $3.8 billion? Sad to find a glitch, isn't it?
Looking at the trend, there seems to be absolutely no discrimination between any of these males as such, as we see a wide variety of them hailing from Ireland, Greece, Brazil, UK, US; or racial discrimination of any sort. All this boils down to one simple question; why question feminism at all?
Now that we are talking about gender bias being the primary issue; let us highlight some of the achievements of some female athletes over time.
Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 by a female tennis player. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. Some commentators, players, and sportswriters regard her as the greatest female tennis player of all time.
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who achieved a great deal of success in golf, basketball, baseball and track and field. She won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA major championships. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest female athletes of all time.
These are just two out of the countless number of women who go out there not just to play for themselves, but the country they represent too.
No, do not mistake my idea of 'feminism' as I have come across people with absolute absurd ideas of the same which make no sense at all. It is not only about guaranteeing equal rights, guaranteeing equal rights is a basic human right which everyone must receive regardless of whether you are a man or a woman or transgender. We are still very far away from achieving equal pay, access to basic healthcare or education, but this is not what feminism is based on. It is changing the very perception of 'gender inequality', the way in which each gender role is perceived in the first place. No woman must be taunted for being 'overachieving' or 'over-ambitious' just because she is doing well in her own niche. If every single person in our society viewed our achievements with the same eyes and mind as that of a man's, they will realize that women have fought years of oppression to reach the place they are in today. No, I am not 'male-bashing' as what anyone would call this to be, I hold both men and women responsible for encouraging gender regression; just that men have not faced even half or a quarter of what women have faced to be where they are today.
At the end of the day, I do appreciate what each athlete has to offer, regardless of them being a man or a woman or transgender, but what the world lacks is a vision. The world needs to redefine its own definition of 'gender inequality' and only then will we get somewhere.
This is just yet another article, yet another opinion. But what matters is yours, and if we are together with the right mindset, on the collective front we can create wonders in the world.