The Woman Warrior : Memoirs Of A Girlhood Among Ghosts

1833 Words Apr 1st, 2016 8 Pages
In June 2015, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) made history by winning the gold medal at the Women’s World Cup. Not only was this a big accomplishment for American sports, as it was the team’s first championship win in 16 years, but the win was also a benchmark for female athletes in professional sports as it showed the potential of these athletes, but also showed many of the obstacles that are currently in their way. Despite having overcome milestones throughout the years in the professional sports industry, there is still a lack of opportunities for women. In addition, many females in the sports industry (including athletes, journalists, referees, and broadcasters) have openly discussed the discrimination that they face from fans or fellow (usually male) colleagues. This gender discrimination is a powerful issue that Maxine Hong Kingston focuses on in her memoir The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. In the memoir, Kingston discusses the gender discrimination she faced while growing up in a Chinese-American family and culture. Similarly, both women in sports and Chinese-American women, specifically Maxine in The Woman Warrior, face discrimination and inequality because of their gender; however, today, women are more vocal and have the ability to speak for themselves, whereas Chinese-American women did not. Kingston begins The Woman Warrior with her mother, Brave Orchid, telling her a story of Maxine’s aunt, the “No Name Woman.” “No…
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