“Aren’t there any women’s cricket teams in India?” I did a blog post recently about an interesting installation in the Vision Exchange exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. You can read all about it here. The installation includes a marble cricket bat to illustrate that cricket was introduced to India by the British.
Last week I was showing the installation to a group of high school students and was talking to them about how India now excels at the game of cricket. They are champions who have been known to beat British teams.
I showed the high school students the same photo I had included in my blog post of a young men’s championship cricket team from India. When I did that one of the young women on my tour asked, “Aren’t there any women’s cricket teams in India?”
I felt so embarrassed! “I can’t believe I did that,” I thought to myself. Here I am a proud feminist and I had neglected to include a picture of a women’s cricket team in my presentation! What was wrong with me? When I got home I quickly went online and sure enough, India has a strong national women’s cricket team that has been very successful on the international stage. I inserted their picture into my blog post and printed one up to show to tour groups at the art gallery in the future.
Although women do not have parity in salary, or media coverage in the field of sports as of yet, we are on the road to that kind of equality and I should be doing everything I can to promote it. The only thing that made me happy about the whole embarrassing incident was that there was a young woman bold enough and confident enough to call me out on my lack of inclusion. I told her how much I had appreciated her question when I apologized for my omission.
The incident was a great reminder that even those of us with the best of intentions can sometimes fail to be as inclusive as we should be.