“Have I become a feminist? Well, if being a feminist is about fighting so that a woman is treated like a man then yes, I suppose I have.”Murray speaking of coach Mauresmo
Andy Murray, a decorated and soon to be retiring tennis player, has been quite outspoken in gender equality on and off the court. His strong moral compass has resulted in his opinions and comments becoming quite prevalent in media. His voice regarding how women should be represented in more leadership positions, receive equal pay, and be encouraged to get involved in sport sparks once again an interesting conversation of gender and sport.
As with other typically “male-dominated” occupations, the world of sport has remained to be a difficult one in which women can gain traction. While involvement in sport for females has increased over the years, the percentage of elite male athletes continues to dominate. This may begin by the socialization of girls at a young age in sport with the notion that to excel in sport is to be masculine. The preconceived notion when discussing sports are tailored to the idea that only men can be successful at an elite level, which creates a ladder difficult for women to climb.
The gender gap is slowly shrinking, with milestones being made by women as athletes, referees, and coaches. Women who are willing to go against the norm and pave the way for future women to get involved in these roles are crucial to the reduction of the gender inequality in sport. The process can happen more rapidly with the support of fellow athletes, such as Andy Murray. Using his platform to bring attention to what can be improved, he demonstrates that females are fierce competitors in their craft and should be treated as such.
FEATURED IMAGE: Andy Murray and Amélie Mauresmo, Aegon Championships 2014 (Getty Images)