Gender inequality in sports has been an issue for a very long time. Two major disputed issues have been the difference in media coverage as well as the disproportionate attention given to male athletes1. Over the years, tennis has been at the forefront of the fight against these issues. One of the most important moments in this movement came in 1973 when Billie Jean King threatened to boycott the U.S. Open which led to the finally agreeing to equal pay for men and women. In the same year she further sealed the legitimacy of equal pay in the sport when she defeated Bobby Riggs, someone who insisted that men were superior athletes to women2. The last Grand Slam Tournament to institute equal pay was the oldest tournament, Wimbledon, in 2007. However, the discussion of equal pay for men and women in tennis has always been a contentious subject. In fact, over the years there has been constant back and forth between support and disagreement. My project will use Twitter API to scrape tweets for natural language processing. This will be used to carry out sentiment analysis of the topic and discuss what conclusions can be made.
Blackwood, Ilana, "Equal Prize Money in Grand Slam Tennis: A Sentiment Analysis of Tweets" (2020). IPHS 200: Programming Humanity. Paper 26.
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