Warriors’ Draymond Green: Female athletes must act against pay inequality | Launderer report
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Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has discussed how female athletes can close the massive pay gap between themselves and their male counterparts.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Green said women “are not describing the steps they can take to change that,” according to NBC Sports’ Monte Poole:
âIt comes across as a complaint, because the people who can change it will just keep saying, ‘Well, the income isn’t there. If you don’t bring in income, we can’t increase your salary. “. They’re going to keep using this, but the reality is, as true as it is, it’s an excuse. Everyone says, “We support women. We support women empowerment. We support women in the workplace. We do it for women. We do X for women. Blah, blah, blah.
“Everyone uses it to their advantage, and yet these women are not using these people who say these things to their advantage.”
The three-time All-Star has already addressed the subject through a series of tweets that largely echo what he said on Wednesday:
Draymond Green @Silver23Green
They will continue to point out that incomes are not high enough to cover higher wages. While this is true in almost every business, how do we get this card out of their pockets? This is the key to changing the payroll. There is no argument for the lack of income, unless …
The disparity in the salaries, investments and treatment of male and female athletes has been a topic of conversation for years. The discussion was amplified again after the Stanford athletic performance coach Ali kershner shared an image and Oregon star Sedona Prince shared a video contrasting weight rooms for men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. NBC Sports’ Alex Azzi report that the disparities between the two tournaments extend far beyond weight training equipment.
As many female athletes noted in response to Green, the idea that they aren’t trying to develop women’s sport and their coverage couldn’t be further from the truth. (note: some tweets contain profanity):
Chiney Ogwumike @china
I love this dialogue so imma hop in itð¤âð¿. stories are told but until there is fairness in the room where decisions are made … it will not be a priority. the only thing that is currently changing the paradigm is solidarity between women, we need men & amp; allies to keep this same energy. https://t.co/CzcVwXhjCZ
napheesa necklace @PHEE parts
We appreciate u jumping into the conversation @ Money23Green La nba & amp; its players are the only ones seated at these tables from a position of power. So if we really want to keep businesses down to earth, only you have the power to really make these changes happen https://t.co/z0x437xJGy
âStory Time: I spoke with one of your favorite athlete media companies. He was ‘specifically’ looking for female creators to tell stories about female athletes. He fully understood the power of women’s sport in it. moment and wanted to get involved … Based on my conversations with his contact, our goals and visions were perfectly aligned. The contact was extremely excited to introduce me to him because of this. Then he became a ghost. J held out my hand for weeks and finally out of sheer shame he responded … he told me he hadn’t contacted because he was ashamed and felt so bad. Conceptually, we were doing great, but your boy didn’t want to work with me because “he wants to focus on female athletes but doesn’t. I don’t want to be involved in the WNBA at all. âThat was an accurate quote. It was devastated. It took me a long time to push that call away. It’s going to take a lot longer than the US fighting for the US. I’m pretty much sure most of you know that. But let’s never quash the many women who smiled dingily day in and day out to make this a reality for female athletes. “
ESPN’s Maria Taylor cautioned against placing the burden of creating change only on the group that is being treated unfairly:
Maria taylor @MariaTaylor
Let us be careful not to place the responsibility of fixing the problem of the apathy of a patriarchal society on women in sport. Just as we shouldn’t task POC with solving the problems associated with racism. But definitely appreciated that you were looking and looking for solutions https://t.co/ZHGaFc7NSj
The University of MinnesotaTucker Research Center on Girls and Women in Sport considered the question in December 2013 and found that women’s sports received four percent of general sport coverage while women made up 40 percent of the athlete population.
Alex Morgan, Chloe Kim, Simone Manuel and Sue Bird took matters into their own hands earlier this month to launch TOGETHXR, a brand that will focus on women’s sport and culture.