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Women in Sports

Women in Sports

Date: Sep 14 2007

Themes: Sports


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The road to the playing field has been a long one for women. For a long time, women weren’t allowed to play sports at all. Then, for a time, women were allowed to play but had to wear dresses and skirts even while running!

Only since a new law in the late 1970s gave more money to women’s sports in schools have women athletes been given a fair shake in the US. Now lots of sports fans find it just as fun to watch women compete as men.


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Kevin:  So you know, I did my undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota and that’s where hockey is huge, and the women’s hockey team is amazing.

Devan:  Really? I didn’t even know they had women’s hockey.

Kevin:  It’s big time...women’s hockey…

Devan:  Like professional?

Kevin:  Like borderline professional. I mean, they’re really amazing. And with Title IX, I don’t know if you know that…

Devan:  Uh-uh.

Kevin:  That’s like for…It requires equal dollar amounts given to collegiate and high school female sports as well as male sports.

Devan:  That’s awesome.

Kevin:  So there’s an equal number of scholarships available to women as there are to men. It’s really brought up the level of women’s sports. It’s amazing. Like in the hockey team. You see one of their games and they’re so much fun, you know?

Devan:  Do you think that women’s sports will catch on?

Kevin:  I mean, I would like to see the WNBA be as big as the NBA, but I don’t know, the men’s has been around for a long time. But you know, the women in tennis…Women’s tennis is as popular as men’s tennis and it has been for a long time.

Devan:  Well, that’s ‘cause Anna Kournikova is a babe.



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The colder parts of the United States are really into hockey. Kevin went to school in Minnesota, one of coldest places in the country, so naturally he went to some hockey games.

But interestingly, he went to women’s hockey games. Devan didn’t even know that women had hockey teams. Kevin explains that since the passage of Title IX (now known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act to honor the woman who wrote it), women’s sports teams have the same funding as men’s sports teams.

But will women’s sports ever be as popular as men’s? They’ve got a long way to go, and men’s sports have a head start. But in some places such as tennis, the sexes get equal attention. Devan jokes that this is only because a particular Russian tennis player is really beautiful.

Have you ever gone to see women compete? Do women play sports where you live?



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09:54 PM Sep 20 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

great woman

10:53 PM Feb 26 2010 |



Hi everybody,

I like playing tennis but I am busy in my work so I don't have time to play it.Also, the weather in my county is very hot . We can't play outsid ecsept in the jem.

05:33 AM Oct 21 2009 |



Syrian Arab Republic

I love tennis ..and yeah!come on girls lets compete and win!Smile

10:14 PM Oct 02 2009 |

poyraz kafkas


 Hi. my name is Poyraz. I am from Turkey…...

07:16 AM Jan 19 2008 |




I love the lesson, I playing tennis too.

03:14 PM Oct 28 2007 |



hello girls

11:26 PM Oct 09 2007 |



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01:12 PM Oct 09 2007 |



nice….!!! jasmine

11:38 AM Oct 09 2007 |



you want women to be equal of men..!!! women are supposed to be care takers and housemakers.. whatever.. men are always dominant

11:34 AM Oct 09 2007 |



must be concentrating on their clothes… dont you agree with it…? hmmmm…

11:31 AM Oct 09 2007 |




I think the women are more famous in tennis than the menLaughing

02:53 PM Oct 07 2007 |



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10:22 AM Oct 07 2007 |



Serbia and Montenegro

I am new here and think  this site is good for my english improve.I will vizit every day this place and learn new leasons.

09:39 AM Oct 06 2007 |



women and hockey. have never heard about it before. i saw a hockey game in finland and it was really agressive. but anyway women in germany are more successfull then the male team. but the female team does not get all the attention as the male team does.

03:49 PM Oct 05 2007 |

Ah ling


nowaday women play an important role in life.they are not only good at doing homework,taking care of children but also they can make contribution in many fields,such as business ,political,culture and so on.siciety is made up of men and women ,so sports do not only belong to men ,women also have right and ability to play sports.and men should not look down upon women as women are not disadvantaged groups any more.

09:45 AM Oct 02 2007 |



I like sports ,as well,I like see women's football completion

03:07 AM Oct 02 2007 |



Russian Federation

As for me, I do like sport! Wink And it's pleasant to know that women's sport become more an' more popular!

10:45 AM Oct 01 2007 |




the lesson is very good lesson in Egypt girls can play any sports my sister play tennis and she love maria sharapova soo moch

07:19 AM Sep 28 2007 |



I am very like sports.I love playing tennis too.

04:53 PM Sep 22 2007 |

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