The 2018 Winter Olympics ends in four days, but the institution inequitably dividing male and female sports persists.
Even domestically, we see this divide.
The Women’s U.S. soccer team filed a federal complaint toward U.S. Soccer for wage discrimination in . The maximum salary for female basketball players after at least six years in the WNBA was only $107,000, compared to the NBA average salary of .
Women are completely excluded athletically from the NFL, which generates billions of dollars in revenue . Distilling the explanation for this gender disparity to greater viewership in male sports compared to female sports oversimplifies the issue.
We need to stop reiterating the myth that we watch male-dominated sports because men have more physical ability or are more entertaining. We watch these sports because of the institution that has built up male sports over the last century.