In a time where female athletes across sports are speaking out against gender discrimination and pay inequalities, the WNBA has positioned itself as a leader by coming to a potential collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players’ union that features salary increases, maternal and family leave benefits, and improved travel accommodations. This agreement takes steps […]
Transgender Cyclist Wins Cycling Championship, Gets Criticism from Competitors
Rachel McKinnon is dominating the women’s cycling field, yet is receiving backlash from her fellow competitors. This 37-year old Canadian woman won at the Masters Track World Cycling Championships in Manchester, England in the 35-39 age category 200-meter sprint. McKinnon is celebrating breaking a world record and her second consecutive world title. Her success was […]
Vermont High School Girls’ Soccer Team Penalized for Equal Pay Protest
A Vermont girls’ high school took off their jerseys during a game on Friday to reveal shirts with the slogan #EqualPay, after scoring their first goal of the night. The referees issued yellow cards in response to the protest, penalizing the team. According to league rules, players are not allowed to remove their jerseys during a […]
Nike Nets Four Times as Much Apparel Revenue from this Year’s Women’s World Cup Than the Last One
Nike netted four times as much apparel revenue from this year’s Women’s World Cup than the last tournament in 2015, CEO Mark Parker said on it first-quarter earnings call yesterday. Overall sales in its women’s business increased 10% “on the back of an incredible summer celebrating female athletes,” he said. Strong demand for Women’s World […]
Megan Rapinoe Named FIFA’s Women’s Player of the Year
U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe was named FIFA’s Best Women’s Player in the World after the U.S. soccer team won the Women’s World Cup this summer. Rapinoe gave a moving speech after winning, asking other FIFA players to stand up and fight for social justice. She said she hopes to see “everybody outraged about equal […]
FIFA Says Women Will be Allowed to Attend Football Matches in Iran
FIFA said Saturday that women in Iran will now be able to attend football games, starting with a World Cup qualifier match next month. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a conference on Sunday that Iranian officials assured FIFA that women will be allowed to enter football stadiums. “We have been assured that as of […]
High School Swimmer Disqualified from Race after Swimsuit Violates Modesty Rule
A high school swimmer won her 100-meter race, only to be disqualified for having her school-issued swimsuit be deemed too revealing. The Alaska School Activities Association has reviewed and determined that the disqualification of a high school teenager for breaking the modesty rule was the “result of the misapplication of the rule and as a […]
Woman Barred from Iranian Soccer Stadium Dies after Setting Herself on Fire, Incident Sparks International Outrage
A woman in Iran who was sentenced to six months in prison for disguising herself as a man to enter a soccer stadium, where women are barred, died this week from severe burns after setting herself on fire outside of the courthouse. The 29 year old, Sahar Kohdayari, attempted to enter Azadi Stadium, but was […]
Desiree Linden Becomes First American Woman to Win Boston Marathon in Over Three Decades
Desiree Linden won the women’s division of the Boston Marathon on Monday; the first American woman to win the race since 1985. It was a big day for American women, who claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race. The conditions were terrible But Linden pushed her way through a powerful headwind and […]
U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Players File Wage Discrimination Complaint
Five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) filed a federal complaint today against the U.S. Soccer Federation for wage discrimination.
Afghan Woman Runs in Country’s First Marathon
“I think little by little, I’ll bring change,” said Zainab, the first Afghan woman to participate in a marathon in Afghanistan.
University of Texas’ Choice of Athletic Director Reveals Deep Inequality
Mike Perrin, a lawyer and former college football player, was chosen as the new interim athletic director for University of Texas over Chris Plonsky, a woman who has worked in the athletic department of the university for a quarter of a century.
Jen Welter Just Made NFL History
Welter was hired as a coach for the Arizona Cardinals this week.
Chicago Public Schools Will Increase Athletic Opportunities for Girls After Title IX Complaint
Chicago public schools and the Office for Civil rights reached an agreement late last week to provide equal athletic opportunity for boys and girls.
US Women’s Soccer World Cup Win Comes Despite Huge Inequalities
Despite national and international celebration, disparities in coverage, respect, and pay still linger between women’s and men’s soccer teams.
Iranian Women Can Now Attend Major Sporting Events
Although the new policy still holds barriers for women attending specific sports—those considered to be more “masculine” such as wrestling or swimming—this announcement reverses an antiquated rule that forbid women to watch matches attended by men.
Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training
Advocates and legislators agree that although these actions are promising, much more will be necessary for sustainable change in the culture of violence that seems to enshrine professional sports institutions.
Sports Illustrated Runs Domestic Violence Ad Before Super Bowl
Just days before the Super Bowl, Sports Illustrated has decided to run an advertisement on their site that puts a spotlight on domestic violence in the National Football League.
Little League Star Mo’ne Davis Honored by AP and Sports Illustrated
Mo’ne Davis is the AP’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year and the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sports Kid of the Year.
The NFL Has Officially Reinstated Ray Rice
In September, Rice was given a two-game ban, then an indefinite ban, by the NFL when a video was released of him punching his fiancee unconscious in an elevator then dragging her out.