Today is March 8 and even the kids in the household know what we celebrate. The International Women’s Day is a perfect time for the tribute, a tribute to those of which is said: “they are everywhere.”
And it’s true. In this century women have crossed the threshold of the four walls of the house and added, by their own choice, other tasks that are not precisely to many men´s liking.
Sports is a challenge that women face, I’m not sure if this is due to the urgent need to get rid of the disturbing and routine domestic life or the intention to demonstrate that their skills and abilities are far beyond what it is certainly thought.
Throughout the history of the Olympic Games women’s participation has been locked even from the perspective of big people like Baron Pierre creator of the modern Olympic Games who states that “women should be the spectators, to watch and cheer, instead of intervening.”
Yet, this thought has gradually been overshadowed over the years. From Sydney 2000, issue that was a record in the women’s participation in these events, the presence of the so-called the “weaker sex” has increased, especially in the most complex and controversial sports.
When women decided to go further, and instead of gymnastics, volleyball, tennis … took the tatami, used boxing gloves or preferred weightlifting, the questioning on behalf of male chauvinism became even more evident. Even researchers have had a leadership role in this regard, where some trend to show the disadvantages and “damage” of such sports.
Despite the difficult journey toward acceptance of women’s weightlifting, for example, Cuba has taken steps on the issue. Since 2006 the island has a national team of that sport, in which Arlenis Alvares Agüero 75 kg, stands out as a figure; she is the first Pan-American medalist in the sport and best athlete of the year.
The creation of women’s baseball teams on the island has opened a new front line in defense of male hegemony that still remains and despite winning more followers, many see that practice far away from being part of our Cuban hobby. Can you imagine what will happen when the first women’s national championship takes place?
Cuba still consideres inadequate the participation of women in boxing, in fact, Cuba refused to send a women’s team to the 2012 London Games, in which three categories are established.
The inclusion of women in other sports is still a challenge in our societies. Rocky is the road to acceptance, but the so-called “weaker sex” has decided to leave the threshold of the four walls of the house and for sure many of them will emerge as boxers, baseball players, football players … but it may also arise as sport journalists or commentator whose voice will enrich and contribute to the fan´s delight.