Go On, Tell Hope Solo the Wage Gap Doesn’t Exist

In a recent interview with Vox’s Liz Plank, the US Women’s National Soccer Team goalkeeper discussed the team’s federal wage discrimination and helped make the case that it’s time to focus on closing the wage gap instead of denying it exists.

Watch What Happens When Men Read Abusive Tweets to Female Sports Reporters

A recently released YouTube video shows just how badly women sports commentators are treated online—and the abuse they face is guaranteed to make you feel uncomfortable, at a minimum. In the video, promoting the hashtag #MoreThanMean, men are instructed to read out loud “mean” tweets to two journalists: Sarah Spain, a radio host and Sports […]

Meet the Fierce, Over-50 Women’s Team Racing 750 Miles to Alaska in a Sailboat

The interview below is part of the Ms. Blog’s “Telling Her Story” series for Women’s History Month. Check back throughout March for more profiles of women doing great things in their communities. Picture this: It’s June 4, 2015. Thirty-five teams set sail on a 750-mile journey from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska, all the while battling 50-degree water temperatures, […]

3 Stereotypes About Women Athletes of Color: Debunked

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women At my predominantly white, parochial high school, there was a running joke among my peers: To determine the number of black students enrolled there, one simply needed to look at the football, basketball and track team yearbook photos. Though stated in jest, this sentiment is […]

A Fond Farewell to Soccer’s Reigning Queen, Abby Wambach

American soccer star Abby Wambach will play her last national-team game Wednesday, an exhibition match against China. The game marks Wambach’s retirement and the last match of the 2015 U.S. women’s World Cup victory tour. Wambach’s achievements are many, and her unique combination of talents makes her one of the best soccer players of all […]

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

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

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

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 […]