Brandi Chastain Talks Girls’ Sports, Leadership and Why Being “Bossy” is a Good Thing


This interview first aired on Inflection Point. Click here to listen to the full audio version and find episodes of the show on iTunes. In 1999, Brandi Chastain became famous for, well, ripping her shirt off. That spontaneous celebration after delivering her World Cup-winning penalty kick inspired a new generation of girls to take up the sport of soccer. […]

Rethinking the Sale of the Woman Athlete

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The cycle is predictable: A milestone occurs in women’s sports. The player(s) involved are lauded. The laments begin about why women’s sports aren’t as well paid or supported by the public at large. The milestone fades out of the media headlines. Lather, rinse, repeat. This cycle played out a month ago when former WNBA player […]

Is Serena Williams’ Body More Important than her Record?


Serena Williams just won her sixth Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam title. The world number-one singles player has won almost as many Grand Slams as the rest of the Women’s Tennis Association combined. She is literally and figuratively on top of the world. But it seems like the media would rather talk about her body than […]

Why the NBA’s #LeanInTogether Campaign Is Off-Balance

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You’ve probably seen it: a commercial featuring NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Stephen Curry alongside WNBA players Skylar Diggins, Swin Cash, Sue Bird and Elena Della Donne. There are prideful smiles as most of the male players hold up placards featuring the hashtag #LeanInTogether and a list of the women in […]

Despite World Cup Win, Sexism is Still Rampant in Women’s Soccer

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The United States women’s soccer team smashed Japan in 5-2 rout to win the Women’s World Cup, making Sunday night the first time the U.S. has taken home the championship since 1999. Yet these women are still being paid 38 times less than their male counterparts. The Women’s World Cup payout will total just $15 million—while […]

Deflategate v. Domestic Violence: The NFL Fumbles (Again!)


On Tuesday, in the wake of National Football League mega scandal Deflategate, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey mused, “I sure wish that the NFL would spend about a tenth of the time that it’s spending on this on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.” She has a point. On the one hand, deflating a […]

The Super Bowl Commercial Everyone Should See


The National Football League attracted much unwanted attention last year surrounding the issue of domestic violence in its ranks. When the now-infamous Ray Rice elevator video went viral, the embarrassing incompetence of the league in handling domestic abuse was exposed, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was forced to answer to the public. Now that the […]

Injustice League


As the world pauses for Super Bowl Sunday, the Ms. Blog can’t help but also mention some non-sporting issues facing the National Football League: particularly domestic violence and its relationship to players’ traumatic head injuries. Here, an excerpt from the upcoming issue of Ms. magazine. Paul Oliver married his college sweetheart, Chelsea, who he met […]

The Day That Men’s Sports Got It Right


We’ve been inundated with bad news about men’s sports lately, from domestic-abusing football players to backside-protecting sports leaders. So imagine our surprise and pleasure yesterday when we read that the National Hockey League (NHL) did the right thing about a domestic-abuse accusation, and that a football player showed off his feminist credentials by decrying misogyny. […]

Fake Turf is Sexist!


The best women soccer players in the world want to play on real grass next summer when the World Cup comes to Canada next year. That’s what the World Cup men play on. That’s the surface they think offers less chance of injuries, and on which the ball is easier to control. And that’s why […]