By Hannah Amburn and Turner Carter
The U.S. women’s soccer team recently won the World Cup, surpassing the U.S. men’s soccer team who only made it to third place.
Over the years, girls’ sports have become more and more popular. There are more female athletes now than ever before. But are girls’ sports still overshadowed by boys’ sports?
“Everybody looks down on girls’ sports,” said Stephanie Lopez, Bishop Sullivan library assistant. “They don’t think they’re up to the same standard as boys.”
Girls’ sports never seem to attract the same level of attention boys’ sports do.
“I think girls’ sports are kinda boring. Some people are really good at them but they aren’t fun to watch. Boys have more action and more stuff happens,” said senior Maddie Cowan, a former volleyball player for Bishop Sullivan.
This seems to be a reoccurring theme amongst many people; they don’t find girls’ sports as interesting as boys.
People say girls and boys in the Twenty-First Century are equal, however, when it comes to athletics this doesn’t seem to be true. Female athletes feel they don’t get the credit they deserve.
“Girls have 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play high school sports than boys have,” according to the Women’s Sports Foundation due to lack of physical education, and limited sports and facilities.
Maybe if girls had more athletic opportunities to play sports, and their abilities were highlighted like mens, the dropout rate for female athletes would decrease.
According to Edwin Moses from Huffington Post’s The Blog, “By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys.”
Larry Rubama, the local high school sports writer for the Virginian-Pilot, agreed that boy’s sports get more attention due to money.
“Big programs like football and basketball can generate more money,” said Mr. Rubama.
Immediately after the interview during a journalism class field trip, Mr. Rubama turned to a football player and started talking about guys’ sports.
Girls’ sports teams first need to attract more spectators in order to bring in money. Maybe then, more female sports and athletes will get the attention they deserve.
“Most of the people that come to our matches are parents, not really any students,” said senior Annika Kezman, captain of the girls varsity tennis team. “The guys [tennis team] had more people watching.”