Sexist Comments Cost British Sports Commentators Their Jobs

February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Women’s achievements in athletics can be dated as far back as 396 B.C. when Spartan princess Kyneska won an Olympic chariot race, going down in history as the first woman to win an ancient Olympic game. Women have been competing in and making their presence known in the modern Olympic games for over a century. Today, women participate in virtually every aspect and sport that men compete in. Why is it then that women are still being patronized in the world of athletics and are still the recipients of sexist remarks?

Andy Grays, British sports commentator, was fired earlier this year when he and a colleague made sexist remarks about women soccer officials. The colleague, Richard Keys resigned days later. Grays was recorded saying, “What do women know about the offside rule?” Despite the fact that women have made monumental achievements, they still face negativity and have many obstacles, such as this, to overcome.

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