Happy Sunday, friends! Three cheers for summer. Let’s cheers to the daisy dukes. Cheers to the poolside parties. Cheers to the mimosa brunches with girlfriends.
Money & Mimosas is all about the art of conversation. Those conversations with a random stranger that add joy and sparkle to your life. And those life-changing conversations with girlfriends that inspire you to think bigger, think differently, and to go after your dreams.
And what better time than to have those conversations than while sipping on a mimosa?
As you head out to brunch today with your girls, here are a few hot topics that peaked my interest this week. I’d love for you and your girls to chat about it too, and let me know your two cents.
Topic 1: Money & Sex in Women’s Soccer
The 2019 World Cup has kicked off in Paris. The stage is set for the best of the best in women soccer to compete for a title that they have worked tirelessly to attain. However, all that work has gone unnoticed by the governing bodies of the sport where despite all of the accomplishments of women athletes, they are still grossly underpaid.
The United States Soccer Federation, the governing body designated under federal law as the overseer of America’s national soccer teams, has a long history of pay inequity between its U.S. women’s team and the U.S. men’s team. They have refused to pay their women athletes an equal salary to the their men, and they neglect to invest the necessary funds it takes to promote the women’s organization in order to attract substantial sponsorship revenue.
Current team members are now party to an Equal Pay Act lawsuit—not the first lawsuit, which comes after star players such as Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Becky Sauerbrunn also protested the unequal treatment. “And it’s not just about salaries. U.S. Soccer has long tolerated a two-tiered, gender-based workplace, with its male soccer players enjoying better travel, superior playing conditions and even more food.” - Politico.
In Brazil, the situation is also terrible. it is reported that the top players for the men’s league can make upwards of $125,000 per month, while women have yet to surpass $500. They also have to deal with physical appearance pressures.
The head of women’s soccer, Marco Aurelio Cunha, has publicly evaluated the team’s success on the basis of its physical attractiveness. During the 2015 World Cup, he responded to questions about the team’s progress by stating, “We used to dress the girls as boys. So the team lacked a spirit of elegance, femininity. Now, the shorts are a bit shorter, the hairstyles are more done up. It’s not a woman dressed as a man.”- You can read an in-depth look into the situation over at SBNation.
What are your two cents?
How do we fix this grossly infuriating pay equity situation with women’s soccer? Chat about it with your girls over brunch and let me know your proposed solutions in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @danethadoe with the hashtag #MoneyandMimosas.
Topic 2: Transgender and women with high testosterone competing in sports
Cece Tefler made news as the first transgender woman to win a NCAA championship in the women’s division. Tefler had been competing in the men’s division as recently as January 2018. Per the rulebook, the NCAA allows male athletes to compete as women if they suppress their testosterone levels for a full calendar year. Prior to that, they are able to compete on mixed teams — with men and women — in the men’s division but not the women’s.
In the NCAA’s Transgender Handbook, “According to medical experts on this issue, the assumption that a transgender woman competing on a women’s team would have a competitive advantage outside the range of performance and competitive advantage or disadvantage that already exists among female athletes is not supported by evidence.”
Meanwhile, Caster Semenya, a South African runner is in court to battle for her right to compete as a woman on the professional track stage. Semenya was legally recognized at birth as female, but her speed and muscular body have led others to question her integrity of her track achievements throughout her career. As a teenager in 2009, she won her first world title in Berlin. A few hours before the race, the IAAF (track’s governing body) asked her to undergo a gender verification test.
She is not the only female athlete with high natural levels of testosterone but has become the unwilling spokesperson for the issue. In addition to her, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has been publicly identified as having high testosterone. Two weeks ago, Olympic silver medalist and Semenya rival Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi confirmed she has hyperandrogenism too.
Last month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Semenya needed to take drugs to lower her testosterone levels. She appealed the ruling, it was upheld and she was granted a reprieve as the case is working its way back through the courts.
What are your two cents?
Everyone has an opinion on this case and I’d love to hear yours. Chat about it with your girls over brunch and let me know your opinions in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @danethadoe with the hashtag #MoneyandMimosas.
About Money & Mimosas: Money & Mimosas was started as passion project by Danetha after a brunch with girlfriends. A former NFL Cheerleader and CFO, Danetha and her girlfriends, wanted a resource to learn how to enjoy life while being smart with their money.