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We’ve recently wrapped up the 2021 Summer Olympics – and there were a few stories that led the way in regards to controversy.

The most notable, and covered, was Simone Bile’s step down from the competition, and the praise and criticism that followed her decision to protect her mental and physical well being.

Another that stood out was the conversation about women’s vs. men’s competitive uniforms, specifically around the fact that women seem to be competing with a lot less clothing than men and the questions about whether it’s a necessity for them to compete and perform well.

Our question is – are different performance expectations being placed on women in sports?

If so, are there specific reasons why that is? Should we be having conversations and investigations about the differences in how men and women athletes are treated in order to cultivate equitable environments and approaches to manage them, compensate them, and support them?

Sam and I say yes!

In this episode we’re exploring the topic of gender equity in sports, asking questions about the reasons why inequities are there, and what steps need to be taken to close the gap between male and female athletes competing at high levels.

What you’ll here:

  • We’ll talk about a recent review released by the NCAA about their athletic gender equity practices. It’s quite the investigation folks.
  • We can’t even adequately talk about this topic without making room for the impact mental health has on high-performance female athletes like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka.
  • And, can we just make room to explore the braveness of the Women’s Norwegian Handball Team and their stand against Olympic Uniform Requirements.
  • And in true Needle Mover’s form, we’ll offer up some steps the everyday person can take to move the needle to close inequities in sports.

Referenced articles:
History of Women Athlete Uniforms
Mental Health in Elite Athletes

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