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 […]

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. […]