Recent Scores
  • Apr 18 / Girls LacrosseDenmark - 17, Lambert - 5
  • Apr 17 / Girls SoccerDenmark - 4, Duluth - 1
  • Apr 17 / Boys SoccerDenmark - 0, Discovery - 2
  • Feb 19 / Boys LacrosseDenmark - 16, Mountain View - 4
The Student News Site of Denmark High School

Denmark Unleashed

Revealing Stories, Inspiring Tomorrow
The Student News Site of Denmark High School

Denmark Unleashed

The Student News Site of Denmark High School

Denmark Unleashed

Overlooked Obstacles Female Athletes Overcome

Coco Gauff, at just 15 years old, beat her childhood hero Venus Williams at Wimbledon. (Bleach Report)

Every March the world comes together to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of women, recognized as Women’s History Month. Women have reached many milestones. Admiral Lisa Franchetti, the first woman to lead the U.S Navy. Kamala Harris, The first  female U.S Vice President. Olivia Pichardo, the first woman to play D1 baseball. 

Across the globe, people come together to celebrate all the obstacles women have overcome to make their impact on the world. Despite this month dedicated to women, there’s a constant debate on whether their accomplishments are really accomplishments. Instead of  solely honoring a woman’s accomplishments, there is a constant need to justify the accomplishments of women through the comparison to men. One area where this issue is the most prominent is in the sports world. 

One of the main issues in the sports world women face is media coverage. Women’s sports are competitive and interesting but when searching up March Madness or the World Cup, the first thing that appears are men’s competitions and games, not women’s. People stereotype women’s sports as slow, unskillful, and even “painful” to watch, resulting in female athletes being less recognized.  Male sports are described as more exciting and statistically produce more revenue which is why media outlets are less focused on women’s coverage. This factor of entertainment is one area that women’s sports needs to improve in order for recognition can expand.

Another constant issue in the media is over-sexulization. Instead of being asked about preparation for a big game or feelings about an upcoming meet, they are asked about their outfits, diet, love life, ect. When women’s sports are covered, rather than covering the performance, the media highlights unnecessary factors. This creates a delicate situation for female athletes. They are subject to misconduct, sexist comments, and the diminishment of their work. Female athletes face questions like “Who would you date?”, “Any response to comments about your ‘girlish’ figure?”, “Can you tell us about your outfit?”. These questions would never be asked to a male athlete, but are standard when interviewing a female. A particular commercial by #CoverTheAthletes highlights this. Male athletes are asked odd, inappropriate, and uncomfortable questions. At the end, the video reveals that these questions are originally prompted to female athletes which is considered normal.

“People stereotype women’s sports as slow, unskillful, and even “painful” to watch, which is why female athletes are less recognized.”

Senior, Emma Hempker, last shot to 1000 career points in the previous season. (Katie Trinh)

This issue is not only present in the media but also in the rules. Teams find themselves having to wear uncomfortable and even revealing uniforms that feeds into the cycle of over-sexualizing female athletes. In one instance, a Norwegian Beach Handball team was fined 1500 Euros for wearing shorts instead of the standard bikini bottoms. Forcing female teams to wear revealing uniforms that show more skin than normal. These arbitrary rules compel competitors to participate despite their desires to alter the tight and revealing clothing. . They are seen like figures, not athletes. This is not only a problem for participating athletes but also for the young girls who look up to them. It focuses on body image instead of performance which changes the goal and creates insecurities for young athletes.

Despite these issues, female athletes have found a way to make their mark. Simone Biles, multi gold medal winner and creating her own skill. Caitlyn Clark, beating both the men and women record of the most games with 30 points scored. Aitana Bonmati, 3 awards naming her best player of the year.

While women still have many obstacles to face, their impactful progress shows the light at the end of the tunnel. Athletes continue to protest and vouch for more equality in the sports world and change is being made. As female athletes continue to fight for their recognition, viewers must join them to progress.

Works Cited

Baker, Sinéad. “International Handball Is Changing Its Dress Code after a Women’s Team Was Fined for Wearing Shorts Instead of Bikini Bottoms.” Business Insider, Business Insider,’s%20beach%20handball,players%20breaking%20the%20dress%20code. Accessed 26 Mar. 2024.

Elsesser, Kim. “27 Historic Firsts for Women in 2023.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024, 

View Comments (2)
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Miranda Meano
Miranda Meano, Sports Editor
After I rush to school, the countdown until my afternoon nap begins. I’m an avid supporter of power naps, Chai Lattes, and FC Barcelona. This year, I am excited to cover Denmark's student athletes, coaches, and teams. Growing up constantly watching and playing various different sports, my love for athletics has grown and I naturally became the #1 Pedri fan. As a returning writer at Denmark Unleashed, I hope to expand my writing skills and share the voices of the Denmark Danes.
Katie Trinh
Katie Trinh, Staff
Ever since I can remember I've always hated writing, but now I'm in journalism. To me there is nothing better than getting time to lay down for a long 8 hour after school nap,  when my time is consumed by sports. The pain of staying up till 2am playing video games, has my eyes dry while writing this. It does not help that I have excruciating conditioning at 6 am making my legs sore. While I'm still not a fan of writing, photography and visual media is what I hope to get out of this class through Denmark Unleashed.

Comments (2)

Feedback is welcomed and discussions are encouraged. However, any comments posted must not be insulting or vulgar.
All Denmark Unleashed Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • N

    Natalie brooksMay 13, 2024 at 11:43 am

    super interesting and not talked about enough. never even thought about the uniforms, but its so true how women’s sports are about everything except the actual athletic ability.

  • S

    Sisanda DlaminiMay 13, 2024 at 11:42 am

    I really love how this picture captures the moment of the game