In a dazzling display of basketball prowess, the women of Baylor University won over Notre Dame in last night’s NCAA Championships. The annual March Madness basketball tournament also prompted the New York Times this week to examine how and why the coaches of women’s teams get paid far less than those of men’s teams.
Gender inequity in sports is an entrenched problem with no simple solution. As a parent, though, I have to ask: Do your kids of any gender play or watch sports? Have they noticed anything different about the way male and female athletes are treated? Has this changed their motivation (either positively or negatively)? (If your kids are too young to do sports yet, feel free to answer about your own experience with sports as a child.)