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Female Athlete Salaries versus Male’s
For many years women have been fighting for equal pay, equal benefits, and
equal rights. When Congress passed Title IX, women thought they had won the battle, but still they have a long way to go.
In 1972,Congress passed the Educational Amendments. One section, Title IX prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded education, which includes athletic programs (Feminist Majority Foundation). Congress developed Title IX because of the gross inequities in college sports (McCullough). The effect has been stunning: the ratio of high school girls on teams has risen from 1 in 27 then, to 1 in 3 today.
In 1972, the year Title IX was signed, men coached over ninety percent of women’s teams (Feminist Majority Foundation). Now, men coach half of women’s college teams, but women coach only two percent of men’s teams (Feminist Majority Foundation) The average salary difference between a head coach of a men’s team and a head coach of a women’s team was between $18,000 and $25,000 dollars (Gender Equity). Even in a female dominat…