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Women’s Sports are booming, and we are here for it!

Women’s sports have seen a boom this past year, with the Women’s World Cup bringing in big numbers, being the most attended Women’s sports event ever.  Salaries are rising, and viewership is skyrocketing.  2023 so far has been a significant year for growth. 

WNBA’s latest season opener was the most viewed game on cable in 24 years, and along with that, ESPN’s broadcast of the LSU-Iowa college hoop Championship clash in April attracted 9.9 million viewers, overturning the previous record. 

The issues that women have faced in the past were barriers of sexism in the sports industry, and in 2023 Women’s sports are breaking down the sexist barriers that have existed in the previous years. It’s becoming more important than ever to show up and support strong women through going to games, reposting on social media, and watching the latest game in the bar.  All of it is serving to expand the reach and influence of Women’s sports.

“The next generation of athletes, boys and girls, could (see that) women can do this in the professional ranks and be successful playing basketball,” Bridget Carleton, a WNBA forward, told reporters. “That should be the norm. It’s not as accessible in Canada because it’s not around us. To have that in our backyard would be special.”

Last year (2022), Madison Square Garden hosted the first women’s boxing match ever to headline. Advertised as “the biggest women’s fight of all time”, it was the most-watched female bout in history for about six months. That is, until another women’s bout eclipsed that one shortly afterward.

The first ever professional woman boxer was Christy Martin, and in 1995 for the first time in history, the New York Golden Gloves allowed her and Deirdre Gogaty to compete.  Martin took home the win. This led to Martin being featured as the first female boxer on the cover of sports illustrated. This was only 28 years ago.

Amanda Serrano is a Puerto Rican professional boxer and mixed martial artist.  She is the undisputed featherweight world champion, having held the WPO title since 2019, the WBC and the IPO titles since 2021, and the WBA title since 2023. 

She is quoted as saying, “When I turned professional, I never thought I would be someone who is breaking down barriers for women. I kept pushing, I kept fighting, and slowly but surely, it’s coming along.”Before traveling to Cleveland, Ohio, Amanda spoke to women all over, saying, “It means a lot to women’s boxing for me to be in this position to perform on this stage,” said Serrano. “We deserve to be in the spotlight. I’ll perform like I always do and represent women’s boxing the best way I know how. I’m very excited that they chose me for this event.”

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