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Patriarchal social structures, bastions of male privilege, and misogynistic values have been embedded in American culture since the time “the butcher Christopher Columbus and his ilk arrived in the Americas” centuries ago. Not only have women been scrutinized as less equal than cisgender men when it relates to economic and political equality, but also in the sports arena on every spectrum. As March is Women’s History Month, it is important to recognize that despite decades of progress closing the equality gap between men and women, much still needs to be done to address de facto and de jure discrimination against women. “Persistence of discriminatory social norms [and] gender stereotypes . . . between women and men within and outside of the political sphere perpetuate these structural and attitudinal obstacles, devalue women’s contribution to [society] and are the hardest to change.”

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 4,2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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