Sports & Society
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Last week, the NCAA announced that the "March Madness" slogan will extend to the women’s basketball tournament. Is this a mere descriptive distinction without a difference? Or, will being part of "March Madness" matter for women’s college hoops?
This new era of opportunity for college athletes carries with it old, enduring inequities, especially regarding how an athlete’s racial and/or sexual identity determines her "value."
Last week, Breanna Stewart not only announced that she has signed a shoe deal with Puma, but that she also will become the first WNBA or NBA player to have a Puma signature shoe. While Stewie’s signature represents long-overdue progress, it also is important to recognize that more progress is required.
In leading Arizona and South Carolina to the Final Four, head coaches Adia Barnes and Dawn Staley put the spotlight on Black women head coaches, showing what can happen when they are given a fair opportunity. Will their success change how Black women coaching prospects are considered?
In response to the resource disparities in the women’s and men’s NCAA basketball tournament bubbles, the NCAA has hired an outside law firm to investigate issues of gender inequity across all NCAA championships. However, an investigation cannot "solve" the NCAA’s gender problems. The NCAA’s unequal consideration of women athletes is a symptom of deeper cultural attitudes.
From the outside, A’ja Wilson’s past year seems incredible. Not long after the 2020 WNBA MVP led the Las Vegas Aces to the WNBA Finals, the University of South Carolina honored her with a statue. Yet, as she shared in an essay in The Players’ Tribune, things were more complicated. Her revelations help to expand the conversation about mental health, especially for Black women.
After announcing on Jan. 29 that they had undergone successful top surgery, New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon spoke with ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio about the wave of bills sweeping the nation that seek to limit trans rights.
"Complicated and arduous" is how Asia Durr characterized her battle with COVID-19 when announcing she’d been medically excused from the 2020 WNBA season. The New York Liberty guard revealed on the season-opening episode of HBO’s "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" that she has no timetable for recovery and no guarantee she can return to basketball.
Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, appointed in 2019 to the U.S. Senate by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, will not be returning to Washington. She was defeated on Tuesday by Rev. Raphael Warnock, whose candidacy was supported by WNBA players.
Candace Parker was on hand via virtual live stream at the Sports Matter Giving Truck, sponsored by The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. The truck was there to present basketball-related gifts to girls in the underserved Pilsen community of Chicago. Parker is a native of Chicago and played high school hoops at Naperville Central.
Three WNBA stars — Natasha Cloud, Chiney Ogwumike and A’ja Wilson — were named to Forbes’ 2021 "30 Under 30 List." These three deserving honorees are defining what it means to be an athlete in the 2020s, both on and off the court.
Despite ardent support for the GOP by Atlanta Dream co-owner and Georgia Senate candidate Kelly Loeffler, WNBA owners lean Democratic. But can the political activism of WNBA players be just as impactful as the high-dollar donations of team owners?
As Election Day 2020 arrives, here’s a reminder of why — and how — WNBA players are getting out the vote.
From the continued fight for justice for Breonna Taylor to why she is voting for Joe Biden, Washington Mystics star Natasha Cloud discusses activism and politics with Tamryn Spruill on ‘The Hard Screen,’ a women’s hoops podcast.
Las Vegas Aces sharpshooter Kayla McBride shared candidly in The Players’ Tribune about the mental health challenges she faced when the coronavirus pandemic took basketball away. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Day, we are sharing an excerpt of her essay plus snippets from other WNBA players who’ve spoken out about their mental health.
Atlanta-based journalist and content creator Bria Felicien rejoins Jasmine Baker on "Players of the New School" to continue their discussion on WNBA basketball and culture.
Bria Felicien is one of the brightest stars covering women’s sports today. In the latest episode of "Players of the New School," she breaks down the 2020 WNBA teams as R&B albums.
"By choosing to run political ads, specifically those by the most divisive president in U.S. history, you have thrown all of the Swish Appeal contributors into moral conflict," Swish Appeal editor-in-chief Tamryn Spruill wrote in an open letter to the media giant on behalf of her staff.
The WNBA and WNBPA are using the odd, uncertain circumstances to their advantage, dedicating the 2020 season to the amplification of social justice issues. The Social Justice Council and "The Justice Movement" headline a range of efforts intended to contribute to systemic change.
On Tuesday afternoon, Maya Moore participated in the most recent edition of the TIME 100 Talks, speaking with ESPN’s Pablo S. Torre and the New Orleans Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins about the role of sports and athletes in the struggle for racial justice.
Minnesota Lynx general manager and head coach Cheryl Reeve issued a statement on star player Maya Moore’s major off-court victory: securing Jonathan Irons’ freedom from imprisonment.
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