Women’s Participation in the Olympics

Olympc Games in Beijing

A look at last year's 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the ascent of women leading up to the games: The record breaking participation of women in the 2008 Olympic Games was the product of more than a century of progress of women in sports. When Barron Pierre de Coubertin of France proposed a revival of the Olympic Games in the 1890s the world Physical Cycle was near its Peak and the world Emotional Cycle influencing women's issues was near the bottom. Both Pierre du Coubertin and tthe International Olympic Committee (IOC) opposed the participation of women. Although women were excluded from the 1896 Olympics, nineteen women became the first female participants in the 1900 Games in Paris. The number of women in subsequent Olympic Games steadily increased and women took Gold Medals in various events. Title IX of the USA Education Act of 1972 helped decrease discrimination to an extent, ruling that “No person…shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.” In 1991, IOC members decided that sport introduced for the Olympic program had to include both men’s and women’s events. The Olympic Charter received a new rule in 1994 that ordered the IOC to promote women in sports at all levels and act with “strict application of the principle of equality of men and women.” In 1995 IOC created a “Women and Sport” group to advise them how to promote this equality. The 2000 Sydney Olympic Games had almost two female athletes for every three male athletes, which was a record ratio, and 44% of the events were open to women.[1. Source: NWHM.org.]

The 2008 Olympics had more than 42 per cent of participants made up by women in the 2008 Games in Beijing. Out of 11,196 total athletes, 4,746 were women’s sports, a record breaking ratio for the event.[2. Source: enBeijing.cn.] Data provided by Mr. Winter and Alan Wurtzel, president for research at NBC Universal, showed that a record 49 percent of the viewers of the NBC coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics were women ages 18 and older, followed by men ages 18 and older, at 41 percent. (The rest are viewers in other demographic groups.)[3. Source: NYTimes.com.]

The rise in women’s participation in Olympic games traces the ascent of the 432 Emotional Cycle from its bottom in 1892 through its break into the High half in 2000. Throughout the rise of the Cycle women’s participation rose in sports. Now that we have recently entered the and Emotional High in a world Cycles that will continue to rise throughout this century, we have attained equality and nearly equal participation for women in the world arena of sports. The Emotional Cycle historically had coincided with the ascent and decline of feminine energy and the status of women in the world.