Inequality in Sport: YOUR SURVEY RESULTS PART 2

Today’s post will focus on an analysis of the survey results in order to gain some insightful information about what you, the public think about the issue at hand.

Question 1:

This was a routine asking of age question in which 86% of respondents were of the 18-24 category which is what I generally expected since my survey was made available to fellow friends and colleagues.

Question 2:

This question asked whether you participate in sport or have ever done so. 86% of the respondents said yes they have, and this is representative of the active environment in which I live. Because of social factors and my respective upbringing, majority of people around me grew up playing various types of sports, it was just the typical lifestyle enjoyed by many from a young age, therefore the results of this survey emphasise that.

Question 3:

This question asked whether or not the respondent was aware that our national women’s soccer team the Matildas, annual salary is only $21,000, which is significantly less than the minimum Australian wage of $34,000. Surprisingly 41% of respondents answered yes, while 32% said i had no idea, and 27% agreed that it was a shocking statistic that needed to be changed. I was actually quite surprised with this particular result as I really did not expect many people to be aware of their shocking salary, but ultimately this goes to show that the media coverage recently of this issue has been successful in raising awareness about it.

Question 4:

This question asked whether or not you think that female athletes should be earn the same amount of prize money as men in professional sports in which 77% of respondents replied yes, while 23% said it depends on the sport. This seems like a fairly balanced result, however I am glad that majority of respondents would like to see females earning the same amount as their male counterparts.

Question 5:

This question asked as to why you think female athletes and female sports don’t get enough media attention or general interest, and I was glad to see quite a mixture of responses. 36% believed it was because women’s sport isn’t broadcasted on TV enough, 32% felt that the intensity and quality of play isn’t as high, 18% believed that people aren’t as willing to invest in it financially, while 14% answered other which included responses such as

Р all of the above
– people feel that their capability in achieving things isn’t as intense and fun to watch as the power and might and competition that men can bring
– men’s sport has always been the focus of attention and women have been cast aside.

Overall, I found this result quite fascinating in regards to answer choice and it just goes to show that there is a multitude of reasons as to why female athletes don’t get the recognition they truly deserve and we hope that in the near future, things will drastically change for the better. Ultimately, time will tell if the advocacy of women in sport will produce any substantial results.

These are a few examples of the comments left in the last section (Question 6 optional):

  • Sport is all about the fans. fans create money if there are no fans there is no money in the sport sponsors come from an investment opportunity. these investment opportunities only arise when a business see’s putting their business name on a players shirt or around the sporting arena will result in more people buying their product. the more people that watch the sport, the wider the advertisement will reach and therefore the more money it will cost for a company to sponsor a sporting event. interest levels will never balance out due to the different levels of skill and intensity between male and female sport and it will never be a level playing field.
  • Tennis is a sexist sport – why should men and women earn the same in the grand slams when men have to play best of 5 while women only play best of 3???
  • The problem about female athletes is that the only ones that gets the spotlight are tennis, figure skating and less ‘intense’ or ‘aggressive’ sports. The problem is, if they watch more of the female sports ie. soccer, they have as much fouls, bruise, bloods as the male soccer team, but because the media hardly shows it, there’s this stereotype idea that female sports quality aren’t as high :/
  • The pay gap between different genders in sport is usually due to the revenue the sport generates. However, female sports are not televised as much as male sports are and thus, are not publicized to the same extent as males. There is a stark imbalance of inequality between genders overall in society. Making equality a reality is a challenge whether it be in sport, the workplace, etc. However, in the 21st century we should be taking abroad a more open mind otherwise we are just continually feeding the imbalance of equilibrium
  • What about Ronda Rousey? she is the highest paid person in the UFC so females aren’t always paid less

Diahann x