Story at a glance:

  • American women should be recognized for bringing in more gold per athletic summer competition than men.
  • Females have historically earned 0.75 medals per athlete challenge compared to males earning 0.59 medals per athlete challenge.
  • North Dakota is the only state without a female Olympian.

In light of Simone Biles withdrawing from some of her competitions at the Tokyo Olympics, as Changing America previously reported, female athletes tend to receive harsher criticism for their performance than men, or in this case, taking a mental break.

However, American women should be recognized for bringing in more gold per athletic summer competition than men, according to BeenVerified.


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Since 1896 — women were allowed to participate in the Olympics in 1900 — among more than 7,000 U.S.-born summer Olympians, BeenVerified finds that women on average earned 24 percent more medals than men per athlete. Females have historically earned 0.75 medals per athlete compared to males earning 0.59 medals per athlete.

Over time, U.S. males have outnumbered females 3 to 1 in the summer games.

The only exceptions in which female Olympians have outnumbered their male counterparts is if they are from Alaska, where there have been six females and three males, and Idaho, where there have been nine females compared to seven males, BeenVerified reported.

Despite the odds, Alaska (three medals from women compared to one medal from men), Idaho (10 compared to zero), and Tennessee (23 compared to 15) are the three states where females have more medals than males.

The states with the highest number of gold medals per woman are South Dakota, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Idaho.

North Dakota is the only state without a female Olympian. 


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Published on Aug 04, 2021