There are some truly remarkable women competing in this year’s Olympic Games.
The U.S. has sent 17-year-old Claressa Shields, better known as T-Rex, to compete in the first ever women’s boxing Olympic event. Then there’s Nur Suryani Mohamed, from Malaysia, competing in the 10-meter air rifle while eight months pregnant. And let’s not forget divers Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel, who snagged Canada’s first medal of the games last week.
This will surely be a memorable year for women Olympians worldwide — but not all memories will be as triumphant.
Both the Japanese and Australian women’s soccer teams flew to London in economy class while their male counterparts flew business, reports Nina Liss-Schultz for ThinkProgress.
This was especially insulting since both women’s teams rank higher. The Australian women’s team won silver in the last three Olympics while the men’s medal count is zero. The Japanese women won the World Cup last year.
And coverage of the Olympics hasn’t been equal, either. A study out of the University of Delaware found men received almost 23 hours of prime-time coverage on NBC, versus a little less than 13 hours for women, during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.