As many as two-thirds of women in the United States do not get an equal shot at men’s professional sports.
That’s according to a new report from the National Center for Gender Equity and Gender Equity.
The report, released Friday, details how gender inequality affects women athletes, coaches and the men’s movement.
“When women compete, they don’t compete on the same terms that men do,” said Kristin DeGroot, a senior fellow at the center and a member of the group.
“We have to get our priorities straight, and the only way we can do that is by getting real about who is on the field and who isn’t.
And it’s not about a man on the team, it’s about who’s off the field.”
The report says that as of the 2016 Rio Olympics, only 11 percent of the world’s professional athletes were women.
The World Anti-Doping Agency reports that women are underrepresented in all sports.
It says women are only represented at the highest levels of sports, including the Olympic Games.
DeGroot said that while athletes need to work to improve gender equity, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for more women in sports.
“In many ways, we have to have more girls in sports, especially in the men, than we have in sports where they’re not even in the same boat,” she said.
“But that is not a zero-sum game.
We have to be mindful of the balance that we have between sports and women’s sports.”
DeGroots said that women need to “start listening to each other and be open to having conversations about gender inequality.”
In addition to the Olympics, the report found that women also need to start speaking up and working on issues that affect their personal lives.
“Women are under-represented in leadership roles in their own communities, but that’s something that we can change,” DeGroots added.