#WomensWednesday: Should women in sport have to be role-models for others?
This week we want to address a topic which has come up in the news recently surrounding the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship in the US. So much has been made about the opinions of the two female head coaches who reached the Finals and both judged on every word they say.
With the rise of women’s sports, it seems the words ‘trailblazer’, ‘inspirational’ and ‘role-model’ is banded about an awful lot. Don’t get us wrong, there are some incredible female coaches and athletes out there who absolutely deserve these labels, and so many elite players and coaches are literally paving the way for future generations. But what if these women don’t want to pave the way, what if they don’t want to be labelled as inspirational or trailblazing, what if they just want to turn up to work and do what they do best, without the eyes of the media, or indeed women following them watching their every move.
- Is it fair to force female coaches to be role models?
- Do women in sport have to always be on their best behaviour?
- Are male athletes and coaches expected to be a role-model in the same way?
- What if a female coach has no interest in being a role model?
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