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Surname 1 Student's Name Course Name Professor's Name Date Should Professional Female Athletes Be Paid the Same as Male Athletes in The Same Sport In the United States (U.S.), most men earn more salaries on various jobs than women. However, sadly, the gender pay gap is highly significant regardless of the fact that women work as hard as men in professional sports. After I collected the results from several surveys, it became clear that most people in the country are aware of the pay gap, but unfortunately, they have no idea how serious the issue is. According to Adelphi University (2020), female basketball players only earn $75,181, which is approximately 1.6 percent of the male salary (pg. 1). So here goes the question, "Why is this the case?" Surprisingly and questionably, after all the years the Americans have advocated for women's rights, why is the pay gap highly significant in sports? Professional female athletics work as hard as male athletics; hence, the issue regarding salary needs to change. In this essay, I will talk about how gender inequality in sports started, the methods currently used to pay athletics, and possible ways to solve the pay gap problem. Suggestively, the first Olympics Games is the root of gender inequality in sports and perhaps the main reason why the issue of the pay gap exists today. During the first Olympics Games, people considered sports to be men's activity since the games needed people who were tougher and stronger. Meanwhile, in that era (Victorian Era), women were highly considered delicate and feminine. This particular opinion was even seconded by Pierre de Coubertin, the father of modern Olympics Games. Pierre de Coubertin suggested that women are unaesthetic sight, uninteresting, impractical, and improper (Terret, pg. 7). Conversely, women's participation
Surname 2 in Olympics Games has evidently increased since then, but the reason why there is a significant pay gap can also be traced back to when the sports and competitions all started. Women are

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