Women can be MVPs too

Christopher Martinez

In the world of sports, men are dominant, even when women have more winning seasons and records in comparison.

Female athletes should be receiving just as much sports coverage than male athletes to attain equality within sports.

There are many cases of men being more dominant in sports, but what no one identifies are the women who rival and surpass the men in performance.

Dana Finkelstein, a professional golfer from the United States, has a hit accuracy of 88.2 percent on the fairway compared to Steve Stricker, a professional golfer from the United States, who averages 72.85 percent.

Finkelstein is averaging a better hit accuracy than her counterpart Stricker proving that women can play with men, even compete on some of biggest stages such as the Professional Golfing Association tour.w

U.S. professional golfer Lexi Thompson has an average percentage of 79.8 from the green while her male counterpart Dustin Johnson struck 76.2 percent from the green.

Thompson has 3.6 percent advantage over Johnson in which Johnson is the top male in percentage from the green.

This shows Thompson surpasses all males from the PGA Tour putting her on top of all male golfers on the tour.

Men and women should be showcased evenly such as in the Olympics where no matter the sport men and women evenly share the spotlight.

It should not take four years for there to be equality in sports, it should be integrated into every sport.

Though, there are some sports that are already trailblazing for change.

The World Surf League has recently voted to reward female and male contest winners with the same prize money.

This vote of equal prize money is one of the first steps to equality in sports for women.

Athletes in other sports, like basketball, are also taking a stand to recognize the lack of representation of women in sports.

Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, has spoken openly about how Women’s National Basketball Association athletes are underrepresented, misportrayed and underpaid.

There are athletes all across sports sticking up for one another and one incident that has propelled this topic into mainstream media once again is the Serena Williams against Naomi Osaka in the Grand Slam where Osaka defeated Williams.

All throughout the match the officials and Williams were not seeing eye-to-eye.

Williams was called out on questionable calls and she further retaliated with what the officials called “offensive language.”

Williams was fined $17,000 over her “unsportsmanlike” language.

Many male tennis players such as Andy Roddick and James Blake who support Williams have publicly said offensive language, maybe even worse, than what she had said on the court.

The way women are portrayed in the sports world is not fair, women have to stay composed and not lash out over calls they don’t agree with.

While male athletes are able to lash out and say anything they’d like with only a slap on the wrist.

If a female athlete was to speak her mind at an event, such as Williams did, the ripple effects are going to be there until the next Grand Slam.

The double standard for men and women is far too surreal to be ignored any longer, the time for change is now.