While Praising the NBA Strike, Don’t Forget How WNBA Players Paved The Way

Headlines last week portrayed NBA players as the activist leaders in the sports world and reduced WNBA players to mere followers of their male counterparts’ actions.

But on the whole, the WNBA has consistently and collectively been on the forefront of social justice issues for years now.

Women’s leadership—particularly Black women’s leadership—in the WNBA is too often left out of headlines about activism in professional sports.

“We know what it was like to stand up, even against public opinion.”

Education and Title IX: Back to “Separate But (Un)equal”

Despite its success, Title IX remains under constant attack, with rules and enforcement depending on which party controls the government.

Single-sex education has sprung up in the majority of states in violation of Title IX.

In addition to being against criminal law, sexual assaults are a violation under Title IX. The Trump administration has dealt enforcement the biggest setback in decades.

Hey, U.S. Sports—Your Misogyny is Showing.

Despite greater success than the U.S. men’s national team, including four World Cup victories and four Olympic gold medals—the men have never won either—the women’s team is paid less than the men’s team. A cursory overview of the development of organized sports in the U.S. explains its inherent sexism and misogyny.

Why Your Super Bowl Slut-Shaming is Sexist

The problem is not women’s bodies, or the mere sight of them. The problem is a culture that judges women primarily by how they look, or what they wear or don’t wear, and constantly cuts them down to size through a cruel and fatal combination of diet culture and unrealistic, unattainable standards of female beauty.

Strong Like Her

And so I set out to write about the women I knew had been kicking butt since the beginning of time, grappling with the issues surrounding strength long before I ever learned to front squat. What I didn’t know was just how profound their contributions had been in ways that go beyond sports record books.