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Glory #3
women's issue

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Editor's letter

Holly Walker
Editor-in-chief, GLORY

Nothing Is Impossible

I'm writing this letter on Day — hang on, let me count the tally of wine glasses — 90 (ish) of self-isolation or “iso” as the trendsetters call it; proof that we as a species can make anything à la mode. If you’re reading this, you can tell we’ve adapted, temporarily abandoning print for our first-ever digital issue and even more groundbreaking, our inaugural Women’s Issue.

Navigating a sport-less, global pandemic world was not exactly what I pictured for my first foray as Editor-in-Chief of GLORY, but it has been a challenging adventure I am thankful for. Much of my life has been spent as a female athlete playing alongside not only talented teammates, but incredible women from vastly different backgrounds with their own unique story. It’s important to me to embark on this new chapter by highlighting the inspiring individuals of our time and giving those very voices a platform to share stories that may have otherwise gone untold. If there is one takeaway from this issue, let it be this: there is power in diversity, in differences, in representation.

It was a scary decision to enter uncharted waters, to dip our toes in the metaphorical pool of creation and redefine exactly what it is we do. But there’s a level of freedom a blank canvas offers, almost daring you: do something different. After brainstorming — both on how to put together a magazine via Zoom and how to cover sports in a world without them — we embraced change and have come out stronger because of it. (A huge credit to our small but mighty team.)

2020 has taught us a few things: (1) Frontline workers are the backbone of society; (2) Carole Baskin can’t be trusted; (3) Michael Jordan and the Bulls were not human; (4) The world is in need of change. The truth is, this year can feel bleak with far bigger hurdles than our team learning how to be flexible in a time where adaptability has become a Darwinian advantage.

The pandemic put a halt to nearly everything we know (cue: Olympics, all major sports leagues, jobs, hugging our grandparents etc.) As scary as this period of uncertainty is, it’s also one of great unity. Frontline essential workers have become modern day superheroes, athletes have become pivotal leaders and in the irony of isolation we’ve possibly had the most collective experience in our lifetimes.

That unity has taken on an even more important task; one of equality and social justice. In the fight against racial injustice — the same fight that led Colin Kaepernick to take a knee in 2016 — we are seeing communities globally come together to demand change. We stand with them. Some people say it won’t happen. My advice? Click mute.

Our spring issue is a testament that impossibility is a mere construct. When a little girl wearing an Edmonton Oilers jersey said she wanted to be a professional hockey player and a doctor, she was met with laughs. When a small child with a disability living in an orphanage dreamed of being an Olympian, she was told she couldn’t do it. When a young woman entered a male-dominated MMA gym, she was met with doubters. And when an NFL player took a knee in protest of police brutality and racism, he was told it wouldn’t make a difference. But they all had one thing in common: They didn’t listen.

In this issue you will read about Hayley Wickenheiser, who led an inimitable hockey career only to say ‘this isn’t enough,’ before going into medicine to help others. You’ll hear of Paralympian Scout Bassett, who against all odds made her way to the global stage, and a tale of perseverance from MMA flyweight, Jessica Eye. These women, while equally inspiring, all come from different walks of life. The common thread woven between them is one of determination, of saying no to the status quo, and of adapting. (There’s also a quirky story from Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller on John Stockton being infamously frugal, like ramen-soup-everyday-type-of-frugal.)

The leaders you’ll find in this issue are proof we as people can always change, inspire, and persevere. So, while the world may seem dark I implore you to seek with an insatiable hunger to find the light. 

In the words of Rob Siltanen, the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. As women, we have been called “cocky” if we work too hard, “aggressive” if we fight for what we deserve, and “crazy” when our competitive nature breaks through the seams of society. So, to anyone who has been told to to whisper, roar. If they tell you that you won’t make it, dream even bigger. We know a secret they don’t: nothing is impossible.

Change is coming. Hell, if you look close enough, you’ll see that it’s already begun.

The Glory Squad
David King
Creative Director
Holly Walker
Art Director
Theo Lamar
Lance Chung
Director of Strategic
Sheldon Cooper
Online Editor
Kamille Coppin
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Nike Debuts Olympic
Commitment to Sustainability

NEW YORK CITY —  In February, designers, athletes and executives alike gathered to kick off New York Fashion Week with Nike. The sportswear giant held its 2020 Future Forum runway show at The Shed in Hudson Yards, showcasing athlete uniforms made from 100 percent recycled materials for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics. New runners, the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, and other footwear innovations were on display. Models donned Nike’s latest collections, from boiler suits to flyaway skirts, while Olympic legends including Lisa Leslie, Carl Lewis, Brandi Chastain and Joan Benoit Samuelson showcased the new Olympic podium attire. WNBA star Diana Taurasi and Canadian sprinter Aaron Brown also graced the stage with fellow Nike-sponsored athletes.

The show’s celebration of sustainability and diversity created a vibrant energy, highlights included a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, and a dance party. Seated front row next to newly appointed Nike Chief Executive John Donahoe, was designer Virgil Abloh, singer Rosalia and rapper Drake. Other notable guests include rapper Travis Scott, 1017 ALYX 9SM’s
Matthew Williams and Simon Porte Jacquemus. An athlete panel featuring NFL player Saquon Barkley, sprinter Caster Semenya and other remarkable athletes closed out the weekend.

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With gyms closed, taking charge of your own fitness and body health has never been more important or more relevant. The coronaverse we’re all living in has witnessed our homes transform into places of duality and purpose, they’ve become our offices, work rooms, studios, and even gyms. Having a few staple items that can be used both indoors or outdoors help offer a change of scenery and variety. From heart-pumping cardio workouts to interactive strength-building training, getting creative and taking charge of your own fitness routine means you can work out whenever — and wherever — the mood strikes.

Aqua Training Bag
Boxing workouts have been gaining popularity and help add variety to a work-out routine. By using water, the Aqua Bag allows for a low impact, durable, long-lasting heavy bag. With multiple models in varying sizes, shapes and weight it fits any skill level and is easy to travel with, as it can be drained and refilled in minutes. It’s UV and water resistant, making it a great tool to use for both indoor and outdoor workouts. When paired with the app and sensor, it will track your daily activity while the sensor provides real-time data to help you measure your speed, force, and progress over time. The only thing you’ll need with this bag is a great place to hang it and your willingness to pack a punch.  $199 USD
Blaze Pod
BTrain like a pro with this three-in-one tool. For many athletes, hand-eye coordination and reflex speed are just as important as strength. BlazePod uses hittable pods that light up at certain times to train both your body and mind. Used with the app, it offers hundreds of workouts for different sports and abilities, often mixing in strength-building movements with speed and timing goals. If you’re looking for something to break up your regular routine, or a way to work out with a friend, this will let you sweat while having fun.  Starting at $399 USD
There’s the workout, and then there’s the recovery. The Theragun, a hand-held percussive massage tool, is ideal for a full-body refresh. It comes in a variety of models and uses percussive therapy to help reduce tension, boost circulation, hydrate tissue, improve posture and promote sleep. The closed-cell foam attachments don’t absorb sweat or water making them hygienic and easy to clean. The firm pressure it applies to muscles will leave them feeling loose and rejuvenated. What it lacks in quietness it makes up for in power. Starting at $399 CAD
The Hypersphere vibrating massage therapy ball may be small but it’s full of power. A replacement for the traditional foam roller, it uses high-intensity vibration and pressure to loosen muscles. It’s compact size is ideal for travelling (it’s TSA approved) or tossing in your gym bag. The textured rubber offers optimal grip and balance, great for improving flexibility and range of motion. $149 USD
TRX Home2 Training System
Resistance band trainers are having a come-back.  They are an excellent tool for increasing strength and flexibility and improving muscle tone.The TRX Trainer and suspension system uses gravity as resistance to give you a full-body workout as light or as hard you like whether that’s toning your upper body, building your legs and glutes, or strengthening your core. It’s easy to travel with and can be quickly set up indoors or outdoors for a change of scenery, all you need is somewhere to anchor. $199 USD


These brands are helping lead the way in the fight for equality.

Sports and streetwear brands have long held close ties to social issues. Graphic t-shirts and hoodies have always been the cornerstone of streetwear, representing the voice and beliefs of the communities they stem from, just as athletes and sports brands act as leading voices of change for many.

When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, took his first knee in 2016 during the national anthem, he made a choice to stand up for what was right knowing the cost may be his career. That one moment sparked a movement to continue the fight against racial injustice that began long ago. 

Today, for civilians and corporations alike, silence can not be an option. These brands have helped lead the way by sharing their voice, and creating specialty items with all proceeds being donated to organizations fighting the cause. While this is only one small part in the fight against injustice, it’s important to highlight the necessity of taking action.


Alife was one of the very first brands to take action. Following the tragic shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, the New York City streetwear brand released a hoodie on Arbery’s birthday bearing his name. All sales ended on May 10th, with Alife raising $18, 500 in proceeds from the sale. All funds were donated to Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones.

California-based lifestyle brand, LIVINCOOL, released the Gradient Collection consisting of t-shirts, crop tops and hoodies. All profits from the release will be donated to the organization Color Of Change and every order includes a LIVINCOOL COVID-19 mask. Starting at $122

Disruptive-graphic clothing brand Brain Dead partnered with R&B singer Blood Orange (Dev Hynes) to raise money and awareness. So far the brand has raised over $500, 000. All proceeds of the Blood Orange x Brain Dead t-shirt will be donated to the Movement For Black Lives and the black-owned businesses relief fund. $74


Upstart NYC skate brand turned global streetwear powerhouse, Supreme, took to its social channels to send a message of solidarity and pledge a $500, 000 donation to be split between Black Lives Matter, The Equal Justice Initiative, Campaign Zero, and Black Futures Lab.

Jordan Brand

In addition to the donation made in partnership with Nike, Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand announced a commitment to donate $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations focused on racial equality, social justice and access to education.


Athletic giant, Nike, is no stranger to social responsibility. The brand famously showed solidarity with the fight against racial injustice through it’s 30-year anniversary campaign featuring Kaepernick. The campaign came after he was blatantly black balled by the NFL for his peaceful protest act of kneeling during the national anthem. Most recently the brand released a powerful “Don’t Do It” campaign, and announced a $40 million commitment over the next four years to support the Black community in the U.S. on behalf of the NIKE, Jordan and Converse brands collectively.


Up In The Air

A blue light illuminates as the Zoom screen comes to life. On the other side of this pixelated world, sits Rosie MacLennan, casually dressed with a beaming smile. Covid-19 has changed many landscapes and left questions up in the air about the future — this is something the trampolinist knows all too well. In London 2012, she brought home Canada’s only gold medal, and later went on to make history at Rio in 2016 as the first trampolinist to ever win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. Her potential three-peat was just around the corner at Tokyo, before the games were postponed. As the vice-chair of the Athletes’ Commission, she was one of the first to receive the news. For this champion, perspective and a focused mindset is what has helped her through uncertain times. She will try for gold again, even if it means waiting until 2021.
With limited resources, how were you training?
As athletes, you don't really think of that side, you just figure out anything that you can do to do the best or put yourself in the best position possible...You really go into this instinct mode of doing what you can with what you have. Having the freedom to know that the games [are postponed] I think it gives everyone a space to just really focus on what they should be, without that added pressure of trying to reach peak performance from your living room.
What conversations have you had with your sports psychologist?
My brother-in-law is an anesthesiologist and I have a good friend who is an ICU nurse. I became very aware of the impacts and the implications of the virus pretty early. The conversations I've had with my sports psychologist are really about trying to take a step back and put it all in perspective. I do know that the postponement does mean for some people it's the end of their career, for others it means their dream of going to the Olympics is delayed by a year. I didn't find much value in dwelling on the potential negatives. I know athletes who had medical school or law school lined up for the Fall, that does mean a very huge life decision. I think it's a lot bigger than sport. It's a lot bigger than any one person. 
A Book
Born a crime by Trevor Noah.
A Podcast
The Daily and Start Here. The last series that I listened to was Dr. Death, it's about a neurosurgeon who was either highly incapable or just a serial killer.
Your stay-at-home date nights
Cooking nice meals or sitting on our porch and getting some fresh air. My husband has a torn Achilles right now, so he's rehabbing that. But I think just really enjoying the time that we have together.
The best advice you've been given
Chase the dream, love the journey. 

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For Miranda Kamal, boxing has been her teacher, family, and healer. Now, tucked away in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto, she’s teaching the sport to at-risk kids, hoping it might do the same for them.

In a solo sport like boxing, ‘belonging’ may not be the word that comes to mind. But, behind every fighter is a misfit family of sorts, thrusting them up in moments of glory and supporting them when they fall. It’s this exact family environment Kamal and her husband Ibrahim, a champion lightweight boxer, are creating at Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization (MJKO). The program focuses on camps, after-school programs and training sessions to teach both mental and physical strength through the sport of boxing. “At MJKO, we create a sense of belonging. I think every single person that gets into the ring is a winner,” said Kamal.

After surviving a sexual assault days before her sixteenth birthday, Kamal was left feeling lost. Growing up in a small town in Nova Scotia, she felt afraid to speak up. “The experience of being assaulted, it changed me from an athlete to a competitive person, someone very trusting to the exact opposite,” she said. After moving to Toronto at 18 for a fresh start, she was introduced to boxing coach and Canadian Olympian, Egerton Marcus who helped show her the way. “It was difficult, the boxing world is not inclusive. It was 100% male. But from the very second I put on the gloves, I felt like I started to change. Boxing and that process, it healed me as a person”

Miranda Kamal

“I was nicknamed Bambi,” she said with a laugh, because she struggled with her feet and often apologized after landing a hit. “My coach thought I was crazy for wanting to fight,” but this wasn’t about victory, it was about confidence. “As a woman, it was the most freeing experience I've had in my entire life. I didn't have to be a girl. I didn't have to be kind, I didn't have to be anything but an athlete trying to survive.”

Kamal aims to create a space where kids can learn independence and self-worth but along the way they’ve taught her lessons of their own. “The biggest gift that the kids have taught me is time; all they want is your time.”

Where some people might see pain, Kamal and MJKO see healing. “To use boxing to heal, you have to use vigorous physical activity or it doesn't work. We're not counselors. We're not therapists. You have to help them realize that through the motion of sweating through the motion of pushing through the hard stuff that yes, it can be scary and it can be messy, but that's alright.”

The way through isn’t always easy, and for many of these kids life may have more uphill battles to come but maybe through the power of sport, they’ll know that they can persevere. “Once I shared my story, boxing helped lift that weight of shame to say, you know what? You did your best. That's I think what boxing teaches you; you have to do your best in that moment, and then the rest is okay.” 

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women who win

Hayley Wickenheiser

The Next Chapter
Photo by Dave Holland

During the most challenging period in recent Canadian history, Hayley Wickenheiser has risen to the occasion, once again.

Jessica Eye

Eye to Eye

While she’s no stranger to the octagon, Jessica Eye’s biggest opponent has always been herself. In a sport where keeping your guard up is necessary, this fighter has found power in opening up.

Scout Bassett

Against All Odds

From an orphanage in China to the global Paralympic stage, Scout Bassett’s journey through triumph and defeat has taught her why knowing who you are might be the biggest victory of all.

Sports | Culture | Lifestyle

wrist 2.0

Reboot Your Wrist

These luxury smartwatches combine craftsmanship with tech innovation. 

When smartwatches first came onto the scene, watchmakers and enthusiasts alike scoffed at the idea of wearing what equated to a small computer on your wrist. It defied the fundamental pillars of the industry: exquisite craftsmanship, time-honoured tradition, innovative engineering. As technology has taken over our lives however, the connection between man and machine has grown ever closer, and that has extended to our wrists and a growing category of tech-enabled watches. Since Apple redefined the industry with its first smartwatch in 2015, luxury brands have slowly warmed up to the idea of integrating tech functionality into their wares, resulting in watches that combine the best of both worlds. Whether you’re an avid traveller or fitness junkie, these innovative timepieces can do everything from monitoring air pollution to mapping out your next 9-hole. 

Apple Hermes Watch
Sure, Apple isn’t considered a timepiece brand as much as it is a tech company. But ignoring them in a roundup of smartwatches would be an oversight of their influence on the category. In a partnership with iconic French fashion house Hermès, these watches marry the best of tech and luxury together. Featured in their Series 5 collection, the notable Della Cavalleria print often seen in Hermès’ scarf collections is featured prominently on the extra long calfskin straps that make up the Double Tour watch. Functionality-wise, you’ll find all the tech trappings of an Apple Series 5 watch, including GPS, optical and electrical heart sensors, always-on retina display, fitness trackers, and more. $1,880
TAG Heuer Connected 
High-performance meets technological innovation with the latest release from the Swiss luxury watchmaker. This limited edition blackout Connected timepiece features an ultra-light titanium case, ceramic bezel, steel crown and bezel, and rubber strap—a slick and sturdy addition to any wrist. From a tech standpoint, this is the watch for the active individual. On top of standard performance features like GPS and heart rate monitors, the Connected can also track your favourite cycling routes, help you run faster, and even map out over 39,000 golf courses through 2D/3D plans and satellite imagery to assist with your golf game. $2,350
Montblanc Summit 2
The follow up to their original entry into the smartwatch category, Montblanc’s Summit 2 introduces a smaller 42mm case size with a spectrum of customizable options for case materials, finishes, and straps. The unisex timepiece also comes jam-packed with a host of tech features, including 8GB of storage, NFC-enabled contactless payment, heart rate and barometric sensors, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 (translation: very fast) processor. It’s the perfect travel companion for the individual with a busy itinerary. $1,285
Frederique Constant Hybrid
High-performance meets technological innovation with the latest release from the Swiss luxury watchmaker. This limited edition blackout Connected timepiece features an ultra-light titanium case, ceramic bezel, steel crown and bezel, and rubber strap—a slick and sturdy addition to any wrist. From a tech standpoint, this is the watch for the active individual. On top of standard performance features like GPS and heart rate monitors, the Connected can also track your favourite cycling routes, help you run faster, and even map out over 39,000 golf courses through 2D/3D plans and satellite imagery to assist with your golf game. $2,350
Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon
Travel and luxury are synonymous with Louis Vuitton, which originally carved out its reputation as a purveyor of fine travel goods when it was founded in 1854. Since then, the French maison has established itself as one of the most influential and recognizable luxury brands in the world, expanding into multiple categories, smartwatches being one of them. The Tambour Horizon builds on their rich history by offering a versatile range of style and tech features fitting for the avid traveller. Choose between a range of interchangeable straps and customizable faces to match your mood and the adventure you’ve embarked on for the day. The AMOLED touch screen lets you toggle between flight information, city guides, and even pollution levels to get the most out of your travel experience. $6,040


nike is trash

Inspired by life on Mars, Nike’s latest sneaker collection, Space Hippie, exemplifies what can happen when sustainable practices meet exploratory design. Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, the Sustainable Design Lead within Nike’s Innovation team, worked alongside other designers to create the line, working to blend sustainable materials, technologies and ideas into all of Nike’s advanced innovation efforts.
What brought you to Nike?

The reason that I came to Nike was because of the commitment to sustainability that I'd seen in the shoes going all the way back to the 2012 Olympics when the first Flyknit racer came out. In innovation, really our goal is to look at what we've done and say that the best is temporary and we've got to do one better. This year what we wanted to do is launch a collection that showed really how far we could go. I work with a team of designers like myself who come from completely different backgrounds, different parts of the world, and that level of diversity in point of view is what makes projects like this come to life. The opportunity to do that at a company with the resources to then take your ideas and bring them to scale is fantastic. It's a joy and it's also a huge responsibility.

What inspired Space Hippie?

One of the things that we were really inspired by was this idea in space exploration that if you're going to go to the moon, if you're going to go to Mars, you aren't going to be able to bring everything you need with you. You're going to have to use the resources that are there. In seeing that, we said, the same is true of earth. There's no resupply mission coming to earth. Let's take those same ideas of resourcefulness and let's turn them to taking care of the place where we already are and reusing these materials.

1. Space waste yarn:
On the top is 25% post consumer t-shirts, 25% textile scraps from the factory floor, and 50% recycled plastic bottles. We shredded all those things together, spun them into a yarn, and then we didn't add any additional heat or dye so this is a really low carbon yarn.

2. The crater foam:
We took 15% Nike grind — the rubber that's left over, the little bits that squeeze out the side of the waffle iron when you're making the bottom of shoes — we shredded that up and put it back into the foam. It gives each part a really unique look and it’s 15% virgin materials.

3. The Zoom x Eco:
This is the same exact foam that is on the Vapor Fly and the Alpha Fly shoes. We took the scraps from producing those elite level running shoes, and put them into the core of the shoe. Everyday athletes, people, can have that same kind of elite level comfort and performance under foot.

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Paying the price

They’ve brought home championships, and fought for their right to play. So, when it comes to the dollars, the denerio, the paper, why are women still considered second-class athletes?

hen Billie Jean King walked onto the court at the Houston Astrodome in 1973, nearly 90 million pairs of eyes were dialed in to see if she could really do it, if she could beat self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs. The Battle of the Sexes was an exhibition match meant for spectacle—King, a 29-year-old star playing at the peak of her competitive career, Riggs, a long-retired, former number one blabbering about a woman’s place being in the bedroom—but the stakes were very real for King. 

She was fresh off a watershed win at the U.S. Open, not on the court, but in the pursuit of gender parity. After threatening to boycott the tournament until female athletes earned the same prize money as their male counterparts (the previous year’s event saw the winning male player take home $25,000 to King’s $10,000), the governing body conceded, finding a last-minute sponsor to even out the scales. 

Just weeks later, King beat Riggs in walloping fashion, silencing the thinly veiled machismo that hung over tennis and the sports world at large. Even big-talking Riggs was stunned: “I should’ve taken you more seriously,” he allegedly told King after losing in straight sets. 

Her legendary win—one that’s regarded as a seminal moment in the greater equality movement—was meant to shake up the sexist status quo and shape a more equitable path forward. But even a cursory appraisal of the state of women’s sports in 2020 begs the question: nearly five decades on, why are women still considered second-class athletes? 
For women, there simply isn’t an uncomplicated trajectory to the big time. Nabbing one of the finite professional positions is its own feat, but once they’ve clinched a coveted role, female athletes are then forced to prove their viability at every turn—to sponsors, to fans, to the media, even to their own organizations (just ask the now-defunct Canadian Women’s Hockey League.) There’s the obvious financial ceiling to consider, too: it should come as no surprise that of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, not a single player is female-identifying. Women’s already shaky standing means the postponement of many professional sports and this year’s Olympics will hit a little differently too, potentially jeopardizing the entire future of their leagues. 

But despite the hurdles and crawling pace of evolution, the off-court wins, ones aimed at closing the socioeconomic disparity between men’s and women’s leagues, are amassing. After King led her sexism-slaying crusade back in the 70s, a slow-moving wave of egalitarian change, buoyed by outspoken allies like Venus Williams, took over professional tennis. It took almost 35 years, but by the time Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title in 2007, all four Majors would award equal prize money to male and female players.

Besides bestowing these players with tangible legitimacy, these parallel payouts also helped catapult top players to notable financial status. Just this year, splashy newcomer Naomi Osaka racked up $37 million in earnings via prize money and endorsements, becoming the highest paid female athlete in history. She joined a select few female athletes who’ve raked in $20 million or more in a single year, a seemingly exclusive club made up entirely of tennis players (Serena Wiliams, Maria Sharapova and Li Na). Still, the demand for equality isn’t to be considered a passing trend.  

The WNBA experienced its own pay equity reckoning earlier this year, signing a groundbreaking new eight-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA). For the first time in the league’s history, the average player salary would exceed six figures. Big-time stars like Sue Bird and Elena Delle Donne would now earn $500k-plus salaries, more than tripling the maximum compensation under the previous deal.
Collectively, the renegotiated terms, including expanded offseason career development opportunities, upgraded travel accommodations and a $5,000 annual stipend for child care, would help pave the foundation to “chart a new course for women’s professional basketball,” a statement from the two parties read. It meant players like New York Liberty guard Kia Nurse, who moonlights in an Australian league during the off season to supplement her $44k salary at home, could choose to pursue a side hustle, not depend on it out of future-protecting necessity. It meant that former New York Liberty Guard, Bria Hartley, could afford to upgrade her rented one bedroom apartment to accommodate her growing son.
The CBA win was a landmark moment, to be sure, but its context within the greater basketball world somewhat dims the revelry. At half a million dollars, the highest-ranking WNBA income still only represents 1.2 percent of what NBA top dog Steph Curry is earning this season. If you want to talk comparable wages, turn to little-known Houston Rockets rookie Chris Clemons (who is currently averaging 8.7 minutes and 4.9 points.) 

These kinds of appraisals sting, but players like Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum have insisted that securing multi-million dollar contracts is not their aim. “I’m tired of people thinking that us players are asking for the same type of money as NBA players. We are asking for the same percentage of revenue shared within our CBA,” she tweeted at the time of the WNBPA’s opting out, noting that NBA players received about 50 percent of shared revenue within their league to their 20 percent. In what’s considered the agreement’s most sizable triumph, WNBA players will now pocket a revenue percentage that matches their male counterparts.
In professional soccer, the battle for equity is decidedly more thorny. The United States Women’s National Team’s (USWNT) very public protest this past March was hard to miss—turning their jerseys inside out at an invitational tournament, concealing the logo of their governing body during pre-game drills. All 28 members of the USWNT had just filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for nearly $66 million in backpay. The discrepancy between their team and the Men’s National Team’s income (MNT) continues to be staggering: for each non-tournament win, the male players would take home just over $13,000 while the women would earn just under $5,000. 

In court filings, attorneys for the federation claimed that the job of a men’s player “requires materially different skill and more responsibility” than that of a women’s player. This despite the women’s team generating greater revenue, plus their herculean back-to-back World Cup wins. The backlash towards the USSF was swift: sponsors like Coca-Cola, Visa and Deloitte publicly denounced the federation’s position, while the MNT players steadfastly supported their female colleagues. (“The federation continues to discriminate against the women in their wages and working conditions,” the team said in a statement.) 

Despite the onslaught of support, a judge rejected the team’s equal pay claim in early May. His reasoning was flimsy: since the female athletes had played more games than the men, thus earning more money, their case was null. The ruling was disappointing and utterly laughable—a common experience in the pursuit of equitable justice—but like their boundary pushing foremothers and present-day peers on the precipice of change, the USWNT team isn’t backing down. “If anyone knows anything about the heart of this team...we’ll continue to fight together for this,” said striker Alex Morgan, announcing the USWNT would be appealing the judge’s decision. 

Standing on the shoulders of those who played before them, outspoken athletes continue to chip away at the long-practiced discriminatory systems that mar female athletes’ path towards greatness. The equality win-loss record might yo-yo across disciplines, but the goal remains the same as King’s back in 1973: that every girl, no matter her circumstance, would have a place to compete.

For women,
there simply isn’t
an uncomplicated trajectory to
the big time.

the alumni

Leaving a Legacy

When you picture an NBA owner, 76-year-old Gail Miller may not be what comes to mind, but she should be. The business woman-turned-billionaire has two driving forces: stand for what you believe in and leave a legacy that will help others. What initially started as a single Toyota dealership with her late husband, Larry H. Miller quickly grew into a $5.3 billion auto-empire. By 1986 Larry had his sights set on the Utah Jazz and purchased the team. After he passed away in 2009, Miller found herself at the helm of an unfamiliar ship. Gracefully taking charge, she has been imparting her values ever since. To her list of labels — mother, leader, philanthropist, just to name a few — she can also add “symbol for equality.” Following an altercation between a Utah fan and a player from a visiting team, Miller hesitantly entered the spotlight like few NBA owners before her, to express support for all players while echoing an intolerance of racism. She has found wealth, not in a row of commas or dollar signs, but in her vast knowledge, willingness to continue to learn and commitment to equality.
You’ve witnessed legendary Jazz players such as Karl Malone and John Stockton, what are some memories that stand out?
What advice do you have for women in leadership roles who may not see themselves reflected?

I think women have to believe in themselves. They have to prepare themselves, but not to the point where they know everything. I was looking at the list of NBA owners the other day and I believe there are four women NBA owners, and there’s only 30 teams so they've made really big inroads and we have a lot of women in our organization.. I think it's a matter of the support a company gives to promote women and then women on their own determining that they're capable and going for it.

What are some of the qualities that you look for in players and employees?

Integrity comes to the top of the list. We want to have people with integrity who believe in the values that we believe in and will promote them. When my husband passed away, I had never worked in the business but I stepped in and felt like it was important for me to solidify those values. I created a program with my youngest son called Who We Are, and it's basically the cultural platform that we abide by in all of our businesses. It talks about the values that we used in the very beginning: integrity, hard work, service and stewardship. That's what we stand for, and everybody knows that.

You gained notoriety when you spoke out against racism. Should sports be a vessel for social issues?
What have you learned from the players and being an owner in the NBA?
You recently transferred the team into a legacy trust which will help the team stay in Utah for years to come. What legacy are you hoping to leave in Utah?

Our goal is to leave it better than it was before we were here and I feel like we're doing that. I think the Jazz is an asset to Utah that is very important because not only does it help financially, but it also brings the population together. You can be a University of Utah fan or BYU fan or Weaver State fan, but when you're in the arena, you're a Utah Jazz fan and all of that division falls away. Being the biggest game in town, we do have an influence where we can do things that make a difference and that's what I'd like to leave: a legacy that made a difference, that made life better for those who live here. Not just because there's a basketball team, but because of what it brings to the culture, the business community and the children.

Looking back on the early days, shifting into the role of sole owner, what would you have done differently?

[What] I could have done better is have more confidence in myself and let it be known. I didn't come in and take the reins... Though, I very intentionally developed a culture and had an influence of where I wanted the company to go. My husband was a person who came up through the business as an entrepreneur, he wanted to control everything so he created bottlenecks for managers. [I knew that] we could not continue that way and be as big as we were, we had to have more traditional corporate leadership. I created a board of directors and one of the things they suggested was that I get a coach. That helped me immensely to have a coach who could tell me that I had the ability but I needed to develop the confidence and the courage to let other people know it.

"We want to have people with integrity who believe in the values that we believe in and will promote them."
Glory #3
women's issue
Miranda Kamal