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Inequity in women’s sports – it’s more than just about equal pay

We’ve come a long way, but the recent situation with Olympic champion Brittney Griner being detained in Russia shows there’s still more to be done for equal treatment of women in sports.



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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 – the federal civil rights law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding, and giving women the equal opportunity to play sports.

Last month, U.S. women soccer players won a $24 million lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation over unequal pay with men's team players, making the historical leap in highlighting the civil rights journey of women across the sports and cultural landscape.

But inequity in women’s sports goes beyond pay. It also includes access to facilities, fair media coverage, and resources.

Today, we discuss what equity should look like in sports and why it’s important. We also review how Brittney Griner's detention in Russia again exposes the male-female gap in sports, putting an even bigger spotlight on the inequities that exist between the top male and female athletes in the United States.


Louise Radnofsky

  • Sports Reporter for the Wall Street Journal

Carol Stiff

  • Women's Basketball Hall of Famer
  • Former VP of Programming at ESPN
  • Chairperson of the Women's Sports Network Advisory Board

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson – Lee

  • United States Representative for District 18, Texas

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