We Need To Talk About Women In The Sports Industry

We Need To Talk About Women In The Sports Industry

Three out of 30 is too little.
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As I am writing this article, I am sitting in my Gender in the Media lecture, where we are discussing gender in sports and reminiscing about an event that happened to me earlier this week.

This week, a male asked me what my intended major is. I happily and confidently told him, "Sports Media Studies." He giggled and told me that I will never make it in the sports industry, all because I am a woman. Now, sitting in this lecture, I can see that this is a pattern. My professor put up pictures of sports reporters and commentators, and you could see the pattern: there were three women in a total of 30 correspondents.

Now, I don't know about you, but I think that this is a little ridiculous. Looking at my college classes and majors, I find more women who are going into sports-related fields, such as sports journalism or sports marketing, than men. With only three out of 30 correspondents being women, we can see that women simply are not hired into the sports industry, because sports are a man's world.

Women aren't supposed to like sports. We are supposed to sit on our couches, watch our soap operas, and talk to our girlfriends about all the hot gossip; We aren't supposed to be discussing Olympic events, routes in football, or talking about the history of sports or athletes because that's for men to do.

In my lecture, our professor gave us some pretty shocking statistics on women in the sports industry. Here's what I learned in a seven day period:

SportsCenter devoted only 2.9% of its program to female athletes and female athletic events. Also in that seven day period, only one 50-second interview was with a female athlete.

Two of America's favorite sports are soccer and basketball; Both of which have an underrepresentation of women athletes, compared to their male counterparts. The USA Women's Soccer Team made 40% less than the USA Men's Soccer Team, despite winning 3 World Cup Championships and 4 Olympic Championships, while the Men's Team has never won anything. In the NCAA, every time a men’s team wins a game, the NCAA gives their conference $266,183.00. While this is seen as awesome, the issue deeply seeded in this amount is that when a women's team wins a game, they are not paid anything. Also, women are allocated 31.6% of travel money relative to men, given 29% of the recruiting resources relative to men, administered 21% of supplies and equipment relative to men, and provided 16% of operating budget relative to men. Given these statistics of the Women's NCAA, it illustrates how their little their tournaments and conferences mean, compared to the attention their male counterparts draw.

This is an important issue often looked over. Women are not represented in many aspects of entertainment, but the biggest aspect may be sports. Sports are a universal hobby, adored by many, and women should have an equal opportunity to be shown in events and the media coverage of sports. Three out of 30 is too little for women to stand for and we can change that, starting now.

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The Struggles Of Being Mexican-American

It's hard being Mexican-American but it's beautiful at the same time.
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Being Mexican-American is difficult because you feel like you don't belong anywhere! Let me tell you about my personal struggles of being Mexican-American because I know I'm not the only Mexican-American who faces these struggles.

First of all, the language barrier is a major obstacle. My first language was Spanish despite being born in the United States. I learned English when I started Kindergarten and although I picked it up quick, kids would make fun of me because of my accent. Now that I am older the accent is still there but not as strong as when I was younger, but I still struggle with it. Being a bilingual Mexican-American you also come across the struggles of wanting to make a Spanish word into English or vice versa, or you speak "Spanglish" without thinking about it. "Spanglish" is where you mix both Spanish and English together. This language barrier is evident in my casual conversation with friends to my papers for classes. It's like regardless of the fact that I was born and raised in the United States, I struggle perfecting English.

Here's a personal story about language barrier. My first job was at McDonald's and two older gentlemen would go in regularly for coffee. I got to know them well and they would always speak Spanish to me. One night, I was mopping a spill and I asked the two gentlemen in Spanish if they were enjoying the coffee. As I asked, a man in about his mid-thirties turned to me and said, "This is America, speak English or go back to Mexico." Then he kicked my bucket of water and stormed out. I was embarrassed, ashamed, and furious.

Besides the language barrier, my biggest struggle of being Mexican-American is feeling like I do not belong in the United States or Mexico. In school, kids always saw me as being "too Mexican". I was a girl who spoke Spanish, celebrated September 16th (Not Cinco de Mayo, Mexico does not celebrate that day), listened to Mexican music and visited Mexico every summer. To those kids I was not "American" enough despite the fact that I love country and rap music as well or that I also celebrate the 4th of July.

Here's where it gets confusing. When I do visit Mexico, to my fellow cousins and friends, I am too American! They think that because I was born and raised in the United States, speak English, and celebrate the 4th of July, I am not Mexican enough. When I visit, my friends actually call me "white girl," which I would definitely not pass as a white girl in the United States.

To my fellow Mexican-Americans, embrace it! We have the best of both worlds! It is okay to eat tamales and bump some Vicente Fernandez and then eat a hamburger while listening to some Luke Bryan! If you say "troca" instead of "camioneta", own it! Don't be ashamed. Or if you start a conversation in Spanish and end it in English, do it with style! Celebrate both independence days! Visit Mexico to see where your roots are at but also follow your civic duties here in the Unites States, such as voting. It's hard being Mexican-American but it's beautiful at the same time.

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The Stress Of Searching For The Perfect Internship, As Told By College Students

College students need to start getting professional experience sooner or later, why not now?

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One of the most stressful questions to ask a college student is "What are you doing this summer?" The search for a summer internship is relentless, even if you start the process earlier than others. But it is not the reality of having a summer internship that stresses college students so much, but rather the unrealistic expectations associated with such internship and other professional opportunities.

For example, as an undergraduate student interested in law, most law firms do not usually offer many internship positions for undergraduate students, especially if you are entering your sophomore or junior year. Additionally, most internships require multiple years of experience in that specific career field in order to qualify for an interview. Yet, how can years of previous experience be automatically expected when most undergraduate students are unsure of what career path they want to pursue? Some undergraduate students do not even have a specific major let alone a binding career plan for themselves.

When companies tirelessly demand these unrealistic expectations of undergraduate students, specifically underclassmen, their list of requirements worsen the concerning levels of stress and anxiety amongst college students. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 61% of college students who seek counseling services report being affected by anxiety, 49% to depression, and 45% to stress. Because stress and anxiety levels for college students are increasing at unprecedented rates, the pressures and frustration of landing the perfect summer internship only negatively contribute to these statistics.

As a result, any company, corporation, firm, etc. offering internship positions to college students need to acknowledge the effects of their job descriptions and guidelines on an undergraduate student's mental stability. Furthermore, companies must improve their standards for internship positions in order to grant undergraduate students first-hand experience that will gradually expand their knowledge of the career field of their choice. Officials responsible for reading and reviewing internship applications should considerably and realistically review the applications of undergraduate college students. These students have to gain professional experience in their career field sooner or later, so why not now?

Additionally, the frantic search for a summer internship perpetuates false expectations for an undergraduate's resume. Nowadays, college students are expected to be over-involved in various organizations. These extracurriculars, whether they be leadership positions, work-study options, or internships all contribute towards the image of the "perfect resume". This picture-perfect resume perpetuates the unrealistic expectations for undergraduate students, emphasizing their already high levels of stress and anxiety.

Realistically, a freshman or sophomore in college lacks years of experience working in their career field, but these students should not feel stressed or anxious about the lack of experience represented on their resume. There is a way to promote healthy competition as long as that competition is realistic. Underclassmen should not feel stress because they do not have the same resume as upperclassmen.

In moments of stress, college students need to realize what expectations are within their reach. Having multiple years of experience in their career fields by their sophomore year of college is extremely unlikely for underclassmen. However, students are not wholly responsible for recognizing this during their internship and job search. Companies, corporations, and hiring officials should be responsible for addressing realistic expectations for internship candidates. This recognition will address rising levels of stress and aniety amongst college students, spreading awareness about growing mental stability concerns.

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