Today’s guest post is by freelance graphic designer James Smith of vouchercloud. When James came to me with an infographic that pointed out the sobering pay gap between men and women in major sports, I knew it was an important topic for a blog post. He kindly agreed to pen a post and it follows below, along with the infographic at the end. Take it away, James!
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She Plays Tennis. Does She Make as Much Money as Man?
Gender & Sport: Where is the Balance?
With women continuing to impress on the world sporting stage, it would be natural to assume they’ve been able to bridge the money gap between themselves and their male counterparts – but have they?
While figures like Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams and Brazilian football star Marta are slowly becoming household names, is that sort of increased presence being recognised from a financial perspective for female athletes?
Tennis: Men Vs. Women for Wages
Tennis is arguably the sport which sees the closest parity between the sexes, with equal prize money currently offered at all major tournaments.
The Navy’s Blue Angels are a tradition at the Marine Corps Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina and many other air shows. This particular 2015 show though, which took place earlier this month, was a historical milestone. Yes, it was the first time that a female pilot flew with the Blue Angels! Her name is Katie Higgins, and she is inspirational!
Who is Pilot Katie Higgins?
Katie Higgins is a Marine Corps Captain who explained recently to CBS News that she watched the Blue Angels fly when you was a child. Ironically, she was quoted as saying she was inspired by watching the planes in flight. Now here she is as the inspiration – awesome!
Higgins comes from a long line of military aviators; there are three generations, to be exact. Her father flew the F-18 Hornet, which is part of the Blue Angels squadron.
Inspiration as Blue Angels’ First Female Pilot
Think of all of the people that Katie Higgins inspires by being the first female pilot on the Blue Angels. There are people of all ages watching her, thinking wow I can go into aviation or do whatever else is my dream. She is an inspirational woman in particular by showing females of any age that you can do anything you set your mind to, regardless of your gender.
While females have been sitting in American cockpits for about 20 years now, it is the first time that the Blue Angels have had a female pilot. I thank Katie Higgins for the wonderful example she sets for young girls who are dreaming about what their careers will be as an adult. If someone says to them, nah, gals can’t be military pilots, they can respond by saying, well what about the Blue Angels, they have a female pilot!