Recently, iRunFar published an except of Vanessa Runs‘ book, Daughters of Distance. In it, Vanessa takes on the gender inequity in endurance cycling as it pertains to sponsorship and prize money. As Pepper wrote a few years ago, her own boyfriend (now husband) argued that women athletes should not be afforded the same prize money as men! I’ve heard so many times from disgruntled chicked men that the only reason I or another woman runner won something was because hardly any women compete at the top.
And it’s not just arguments. Elite ultrarunner, Ellie Greenwood discussed the gender inequity in prize money in the ultrarunning world. In my own sphere, a good friend of mine raced a 5k that advertised prize money for the winners. She raced well, coming in first woman and fourth overall. When she went to claim her prize, she was told that the awards were only for the top 3 overall and there were no specific women’s awards. This was a year and a half ago!
My friend Sandi of Sage Running posed this question on Facebook: how do you support female athletes? Good question! So, what can we do to ensure women runners get the respect they deserve? How can we support women in our sport? Read on! Read more