The WNBA continues to set an example for inclusive racial and gender hiring practices across all professional leagues, receiving an A+ for race and an A+ for gender, and an overall grade of A+ in the 2021 Women's National Basketball Association Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC), released Wednesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida.
"We aim to make the USL Super League globally recognized and admired for its community-building, operational excellence, financial sustainability, and high level of competition. With these objectives in mind, we deepen our commitment to equitable treatment of our men's and women's pathways, and to create career opportunities for women to play professional soccer, women coaches, women technical directors, and women soccer executives. We at the USL League Office are united in our passion and commitment to the pursuit of this vision."
While the gender gap already existed in professional hockey, the pandemic has widened it even more. U.S. veteran forward Brianna Decker explained, "I'm not one to always turn to that; I don't draw conclusions, I don't speculate. But in this situation, this never would have happened if it was a men's tournament. They would have already had a Plan B, and made it happen somehow."