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Will women’s professional sports ever get a fair shake?

Players, coaches and owners discuss the past, present and future of the movement to gain more attention and equal pay for female athletes.

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Former Seattle Storm guard Jamie Redd; Amy Gregg, associate head coach of women's soccer at University of Washington; Reign FC co-owner Teresa Predmore; and Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder discuss the future of women's sports with author Samantha Allen in Cascade Public Media's Hive Media Lab on Sept. 26, 2019. (James Pitts)  

Women's professional sports have surged in popularity in recent years, with more awareness, more fans and more ticket sales. The U.S. women's soccer team's victory in the FIFA Women's World Cup this past summer was an especially potent reminder that women's athletics can have just as much cultural value and commercial viability as men's. But the playing field is far from level. To this day, female athletes earn a fraction of what their male counterparts do, they receive far fewer corporate sponsorships, and their teams have far fewer resources. Few women are coaches, executives or athletic directors. And just an estimated 3% or 4% of sports media coverage is devoted to women's sports. For this episode of Crosscut Talks, we invited a panel of female athletes and executives from the Seattle area to discuss these persistent inequities and to chart how far we've come and how far we have yet to go. This conversion features former Seattle Storm player Jamie Redd, World Cup champion Amy Griffin, Reign FC co-owner Teresa Predmore and Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder. It was recorded on Sept. 26, 2019, at the Cascade Public Media studios as part of the Crosscut Talks Live series. 

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Will women’s professional sports ever get a fair shake?

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