December 7, 2020

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Women’s teams and athletes, especially Black athletes, are not recognized, invested in, nor treated in the same way as their male counterparts. They are seen, if they even are seen, as less than. For example, it’s 2020 and the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) continues to juggle more than the ball. Despite their endless successes and growing renown, from their 1985 international debut to the Team’s fourth World Cup title in 2019, the players still continue their fight for equality both on and off the field - because they have to. The rules in sport are set so that competition is fair, equal. Why then, are athletes in the same sport held to different standards, even when the rules of the game are the same? Why are athletes treated, judged, and measured differently because of their gender and skin color?

This DC Dialogues webinar brought together Nnenna Akotaobi, EdM., Principal & Founder, 122 Consulting Group LLC; Executive Director, Black Women in Sport Foundation, Paige Nielsen, Professional Soccer Player, Washington Spirit, Brianna Pinto, Current Student-Athlete, University of North Carolina Women's Soccer, and Kim Wyant, Head Coach, New York University Men's Soccer who discussed the inequalities women in sports face, and the further challenges experienced by Black women. Serving as moderator for the discussion was Cameron Myler, Esq., OLY, Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU's Tisch Institute for Global Sport.

The conversation also included the ways in which individuals and society can take action to change the sports industry so that all athletes compete and are evaluated by the same rules and standards, no matter what. NYU First Year Student, Nikki Wu, provided the introduction to the program.

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Nnenna Akotaobi

Nnenna Akotaobi

Paige Nielsen

Paige Nielsen

Brianna Pinto

Brianna Pinto

Kim Wyant

Kim Wyant

Cameron Myler

Cameron Myler Esq., OLY