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s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none}span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} College athletics is a male dominated field due to Title IX which was passed in 1972. This piece of legislation banned discrimination in education(NCAA). Although it allowed for more women to be in college athletics, the number of Women Coaches and directors made a sharp drop. During this time most college athletic departments were pushed together and men became the boss over the whole department, making female coordinator jobs less available. Throughout the seminar each person described one of their goals. Each knew they would have to work hard in order overcome the oppression that they encountered due to their gender. They were very careful during this whole session and from the beginning said that this would not be a “male bashing session”.

For this would not solve the problems Women face or help us come to any solutions on this day. They expressed how the only way to increase women’s role in athletics and in the work force would be having progressive conversations such as the one we were having and and also by working hard and proving how women are as capable as men. Marilyn Frye says in her book “Oppression” that “A great many people, female and male and of every race and class, simply do not believe that woman is a category of oppressed people” and because of this men have to be educated on the oppression of women especially when it comes to the workplace(Frye 46). There is a “barrier [which] is erected and maintained by men, for the benefit of men” and for females in the sports world this especially true (Frye 47).

Historically men have been the ones who have held positions, played, and reaped the benefits of the sports industry. However the women on the panel are the ones who have recognized that there is a problem with them not being held at equal value and as a result they work hard and are willing to follow a job wherever it might lead to show men they deserve these jobs. Many of them started with playing college ball and moving right into college athletics but in lower positions.

Their male counterparts watched them work in those lower jobs and promoted them to jobs that best fit their skill sets. It was great to see such strong women sit there and say that although the system may not be fair, they would do what they could in order to prove themselves and fix it for future generations.  This experience gave me perspective of the hold that men have over the sports world and how this will affect my future career. I saw that although I may work hard and try to prove myself to my male counterparts I may not receive the same opportunities due to my gender. So how do I combat this? The first thing that I had to do was recognize that there is discrimination happening, and the next thing I have to do is challenge the problems when I see them arise and do my best at each job to prove to men that I am as talented as them when it comes to managing and understanding the sports system. In no way must I accept this system, for it is not a fair one, I must seek justice for myself and for those want to be the next female athletic director at any college.

This seminar was inspirational and helped form a common bond between all of us women. As the panel was going on we had moments where we were able to discuss in our tables. This was an opportunity to network and make new connections with women who hold the highest position jobs in the Peach Belt Conference. They began this seminar with the hopes that these connections would help those who attend to have opportunities at finding jobs in the field that they want and thus increases the women in the collegiate workforce. And I know that this seminar will bring a change to our specific school and region as more females begin to participate and work toward the common goal.

While I was at this seminar I was reminded of Fryes’ piece, “Oppression”. I am aware that the oppression of females is a thing, however on this day it seemed to affect my future even more directly. In her piece she talked about the pay gap and how men have the upper hand and do not understand how women are oppressed by using the birdcage analogy(Frye 43).

She says that “if you look very closely at just one wire in the cage, you cannot see the other wires” she goes on to say how “ you could look at the wire, up and down… and be unable to see why a bird would not just fly around the wire any time it wanted to go somewhere”(Frye 43). The bird represents women. We are trapped, not just by one wire which we can easily get around, but by many wires which systematically bind us. This day we addressed how we have to look at the whole problem and begin by trying to take on the system one “wire” at a time. They all agreed it begins with hard work. Although its not fair or just that we have been oppressed by men in the athletic field, the only way to stop it is to speak up and prove that we are just as capable.

That is what these women have inspired me to do.  I was struggling with another way to bring about social justice outside the classroom when I was talking to Riley. She reminded me of the “End It Movement” and how this would be a good way that we could increase the justice in our world. The “End It Movement” is a national organization which seeks to end the human trafficking that happens in our world, especially in America.

And at that moment I knew this was something I had to do. I have always been a huge advocate for the “End It Movement” as have helped women shelters and tried to do whatever I can to see an end to modern slavery. The statistics on the End It Movements website say that there are 20-45.8 million people still in slavery(End It Movement). One of the most surprising facts I learned while researching this problem is that Atlanta is one of the main hubs in our world; due to the worlds largest airport making it the main place that girls and boys are transported to buyers and sellers. Every time I am traveling or in the city, I am always wondering who around me needs help. But it is hard to see how one person can make an impact when this is such a big problem.

This is where the End It Movement comes in. On their website you can sign their petition which is sent to the President, Vice President, and other members of congress. This is the first thing I did. This petition text states:  Today, approximately 45 million men, women, and children are enslaved. Last year, Republicans and Democrats in Congress worked together to direct new funding to end slavery—for good. Today, the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI) Foundation stands ready to direct this funding toward proven models that will rescue slaves, apprehend slave-holders and traffickers, and ensure survivors receive the support they need to thrive in freedom.

Please ensure these programs are fully funded by supporting $36 million for this initiative in the 2018 appropriations bill. As an American, I believe we cannot rest until all are free. I trust you share this conviction. (End It Movement).  After doing this I signed up to be a campus representative for Georgia College. By doing so I committed our campus to be one that strives to end it! But this made me think to myself… how am I going to do this? Well I went to class and told Mikaela and Riley about an idea. What if we made posters and put them in the dorms which explained the problems in our world and how each individual could take 2 minutes to help make our world more just? One of the biggest problems with solving this problem is that so many people are unaware of the issue. Many believe that slavery ended after the civil war.

However, this is a misconception; slavery is still prominent. This modern form of slavery affects all races and genders and the masters don’t have any requirements for the captives. One of the most important things we discussed that needed to happen was informing Georgia College on what the issue is and that its not just a problem in the nation, it is specific to our state. The next thing we decided to do was tell them how they could make a difference. We created posters outlying these issues and explained how if they took 2 minutes of their time they could go to TheEndItMovement.com, sign the petition, and show our legislators how we, the voters, want them to stop this problem.

We have a voice in our government so we must utilize it.  The End It Movement has a goal of reaching 100,000 signees of the petition by February 23rd, the day that the end it movement set aside to “Shine a light” on the modern form of slavery thats occurring. I was signee number 25,519. And by putting up these posters we hope to contribute many more to this number and to show that we must make our world one where all are free. The freedom that Dr. Martin Luther King was seeking in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. In this he talks about how many of the white ministers would say that the time was not right whenever he would bring up equality(King 32). However Dr.

King knew that if they did not act now they had lost. It was the time for equality and freedom then, and it is time now. We cannot sit around and be blind to the fact that young girls and boys are carted around our Atlanta Harts-field Jackson Airport and are bought and sold for their body, and then discarded to the next buyer. Its disgusting and we have to stop it. The creatures of this movement see that this is the time to act. So I will be encouraging my peers at Georgia College to sign the petition and write a red “X” on their hand on February 23rd in order to show how we will unite until those enslaved are free.

  These social justice projects showed me how much there is still to do in our world to achieve equality. I am glad I had an opportunity to learn about other issues and was able to do something to make a slight change. I am looking forward to continuing these project in the future and helping to make the change that we will one day see.