“The great question that I have not been able to answer despite my thirty years of great researches into the feminine soul, is what does a woman want?”—Sigmund Freud
Women might have the reputation of being hard to understand when it comes to feelings; but at least in the world of sports, we want the same thing as you boys do: challenge, pride and glory.
The history of women in sports has had numerous and different shapes through the centuries.
During the first Olympic Games, women were not allowed to participate or even watch men’s tournaments. Instead, they organized their own event to honour Hera, where only unmarried women could compete.
Although time changes, and so do cultures and traditions; the battle of the sexes remains an ongoing discussion.
From Alicia Meynell who became the first woman to compete in horse racing in the 1800s to Suzy Whaley being the first female to take part to the PGA Tour in 2003; some women had to make their way to recognition through challenging the male world, the champions on their own field, and not without controversies.
We have to acknowledge, however, that the freedom our modern society offers has given women a bigger piece of the cake—letting the world witness great stories, like Kerri Strug or Louise Suggs.
Those are examples of those women who transformed the face of their disciplines; as we preach their courage and success, we can only hope for more to come.
It is a constant battle, depending on the field itself, to be accepted as part of the competition, as an equal contestant without discrimination and stereotype. It isn’t done without hard work, and every woman who has shown courage and perseverance has to be recognized.
But the gender issue hasn’t been the only controversy that has touched the world of Sports; many more problems and topics deserve to be addressed, discussed and debated.
Those two primary reasons gave life to the Foxes In the Hennhouse.
But please do not get us wrong. Although we do devote this section to get a view of the female side of the competition, men are invited to give their input andshare their perspectives.
After all, “The aim of argument, or of discussion, is not victory but progress.” (Joseph Joubert)
The Foxes in the Hennhouse was created on January 15th, 2009 and we have been welcoming great writers and debaters from various sports fields. Our hope is to remain a place of gathering and discussions for both men and women, who are willing to share, expand their own views, and learn about those of others.
Miah D. is the proud new Community Leader of the Foxes in the Hennhouse, along with Cameon Shifflet. She is also part of the Community Leaders' "team" for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey team.