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There is 1 comment on Does Caitlin Clark Signal a New Era in Women’s Sports?

  1. (*Commenting as per the requirement of a writing assignment*)

    In light of this thought-provoking blog on pay equity in the WNBA, one reading, What Turned Crossword Constructing Into a Boys’ Club?, by Anna Schechtman, from my writing class really resonates. Schechteman’s analysis of gender dynamics in crossword puzzle construction provides a compelling lens through which to understand the challenges faced by female athletes in professional sports. Just as Schechtman uncovers the entrenched biases and systemic barriers that have marginalized women in crossword construction, the discussion on WNBA player compensation highlights the pervasive gender inequalities that persist in the world of sports. It is evident that in both contexts, there are a lot of voices that support and call for improvement to equality and diversity, but because of how engraved the current culture of “boy’s club,” as Schechtman calls it, is, this process is unfortunately a tedious one. In this blog, Caitlin Clark’s remarkable journey from collegiate standout to WNBA rookie sensation highlights the immense potential for change within women’s sports. However, like the glaring disparity in earnings between Clark and her male counterparts, such as top NBA draft pick Victor Wenbanyama suggests, showing competency isn’t enough. Afterall, there is a reason why many women, arguably just as competent, choose to leave male-dominated fields. A main factor contributing to this issue is, in my opinion, that because there exists systems that have historically favored men, the biases within the system are not so apparent on first thought. Oftentimes, the public follows stigmas associated with different fields, believing that certain genders are suited for certain fields without realizing how they have been influenced by an unfair system. And like in this blog, only when a phenomenon is examined more closely do people realize that there are more deeply rooted issues than simply just from an innate lack of interest in certain fields for certain genders. Growing popularity and media certainly helps the cause in communicating this unfairness and I believe that with leaders like Schechtman, a just system will not be that far off.

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