Though some of the most recognized and popular figures in the shooting sports today are women, there are not as many girls involved in competitive shooting as there could be. If one visits the National Matches held annually at Camp Perry, Ohio, one will see firsthand the disparity between the number of female and male competitors. Anyone on the firing line will tell you that women seem to have a natural advantage as shooters. This leads us to the question: Why are there not as many females involved as males?
Sara Rozanski, now a member of Team CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) and an incredibly accomplished high-power shooter, noted that when she shot on the ORPA (Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association) Junior High Power Rifle Team, she was one of six girls on the team. While she acknowledged that “there’s definitely a lot more females shooting in general,” she agreed that the lack of scholarships is a significant factor in the lack of female participation in high power. Rozanski sums up the sport well, saying that “High power is…not a lucrative sport. You can’t get scholarships on it. You don’t win a lot of money on it. It’s more or less…about shooting the best for yourself and then the prestige of whatever match you’re shooting in…you’re more or less just shooting for yourself to see if you can shoot better than the time you did before. It’s kinda weird. Not many people, I think, go into a sport unless they’re kinda getting something out of it other than for themselves, they’re either getting money out of it or huge awards or huge notoriety, that’s not this sport at all.” In other words, if girls are going to pick a shooting sport, many will choose one that will help them in some other way.
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