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Churchill: For women hockey players, glass ceiling is hard as ice

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09.05.2019

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COLONIE — My five-year-old daughter is a bit sexist about sports. She wants to watch girls and women, not boys and men.

So when we decided to go to a basketball game over the winter, we saw the Siena women's team. When we wanted to watch hockey, we cheered on women from Union College as they, alas, got smoked by Colgate.

We had fun on both days, but the crowds were sparse and I know what's coming. Eventually, my daughter is going to ask why so many more people watch men play than women.

I dread having to tell her the answer.

For a small girl, it must be disillusioning to learn that men's sports are simply more popular. It certainly isn't fair that professional male athletes can make millions as they perform before massive crowds while women, with a few notable exceptions, typically don't. Sadly, that's just the way it is.

Changing how is the goal of a boycott announced last week. Roughly 200 professional women hockey players, including several with ties to our part of upstate New York, said they will not play in any North American league until there is more fairness for women.

Jordan Juron, who grew up in Latham and plays for the horribly named........

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