C&C CONNECTED MARCH 9
Updated: Mar 10, 2020
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
1 out of 5 executive positions is held by a woman
Only 6 countries give women equal work rights as men
One 25-year-long study showed that local news outlets spend only 3% of their airtime covering women’s sports
With March 8th being designated as International Women's Day, we want to take the time to talk about the progression, the steps being taken for gender equality and a historic day it was. Sportsnet made history by producing an all-female broadcast team for an NHL game for the first time in Canada. The Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights was covered by play-by-play announcer Leah Hextall, game analyst Cassie Campbell-Pascall and reporter Christine Simpson. The team even got a congratulatory shoutout from Billie Jean King, which is a life changing moment in anyone's eyes.
Adidas and IFundWomen teamed up to help create visibility & opportunity for women in the sports industry. IFundWomen is a startup funding platform providing access to capital through crowdfunding and grants, expert business coaching on all the topics entrepreneurs need to know about, and a network of women business owners that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge, and ignites action.
In the New Year, the WNBA announced a new collective bargaining agreement that includes a 53% pay raise and maternity benefits for its players. In 2020, the LPGA TOUR is making history for the growth of the game's global golf tour. The world's best female athletes will compete for a combined prize fund of $75.1 million, and more than 500 hours of televised competition.
There's barriers still to break in terms of gender equality, and the right steps are being taken among many facets if we all continue to #StandUp together.
Hazel Mae is gearing up for the Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Opening Day. Hazel has been in Florida for spring training analyzing play, and conducting player interviews before the MLB season begins. Earlier this month Hazel sat down with Kim Ng, MLB Sr VP of Baseball Operations to discuss her success with the team she grew up rooting for, breaking glass ceilings, and growth for females in sport. Watch the interview here #UnitedBySport
With the game winning shot, Kia Nurse and the UC Capitals became the WNBL back-to-back Champions this past week in Australia. Now, Kia has some down time before she gear's up for the WNBA season with the New York Liberty. In a recent interview with BarDown Kia said "You know, some days, it hits more than others. Right now, this is my offseason, this week that I have now not doing anything physical will be the rest that I get. [laughs] Then, getting ramped up and ready to go again for the WNBA season will be all of the next preparation." This year the New York Liberty will gain major exposure by moving its home court to the Barclays Center. “We are committed to the Liberty’s long-term success in New York and relocating the team to Brooklyn will provide the franchise with tremendous opportunity,” said Levy. “With many of our fans based in the five boroughs, moving to Barclays Center will make the Liberty more centrally located, allowing us to bring back the original fan base and attract new supporters. The venue change, along with the first pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, has positioned the team for an exciting future.”