"In order to play the game at a certain level, there's some physical requirements. I don't think the game is discriminatory male or female. I think it's discriminatory based on athletic ability and strength. If there's a female that is capable of physically doing it and has the skills to do it, then I don't think there's any holding back. That hasn't happened yet, but I don't think it's out of the question."
The U.S. Soccer women's team received a donation to close the pay gap between men's and women's World Cup roster bonuses. U.S. Soccer pays members of the women's World Cup a roster bonus that is $31,250 per player less than it pays members of the men's team. To close that gap, LUNA Bar made a $718,750 donation to the Players Association with the stipulation that the money would be used to pay each of the 23 members of the 2019 World Cup team $31,250 to make up the difference.
Today is the 75th birthday of tennis champion and gemder equality pioneer Billie Jean King. "She's more than just a champion," said the New-York Historical Society's Dr. Marilyn Satin Kushner, who co-curated a new exhibit celebrating King. "We wanted to use [tennis] as a platform, just as she used it as a platform to go further, to do good for people and have women paid the same as men were paid, to have women become respected as pros, then LGBT rights."
Ament, 56, is an Ironman triathlete, long-distance cyclist and former college and club rower who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. A graduate of Yale and Stanford Law School, she is an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., handling criminal appeal cases. She has accomplished all of this despite being born with a degenerative vision condition that has left her totally blind.
"It's not by happenstance that the WNBA is the most socially conscious league, and that WNBA players continue to advocate for the key social issues of our time. Strong leadership, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion create an environment where people feel valued, respected and supported. This in turn empowers, and builds courage and the fortitude to speak out on these important topics."
The LPGA has offered a free child-care program for all of its players and staff members since 1993. The LPGA was the first sports league to offer such a program and remains one of the few to do so, despite the number of high-profile female athletes becoming parents while competing. Neither the WNBA nor the NWSL offer league-wide childcare, in part because players are never all in the same place at one time, but some individual teams do provide day care.