Over the past few weeks, women athletes have been in the news. And it’s a great thing. I entered high school a year after the Title IX educational amendment became law. The education system was still trying to figure out how to implement the new mandate. So I did not benefit from Title IX in the same way that I did with civil rights. I’m thrilled that the next generation of women athletes have been able to take advantage of the law.
- Cross one off the bucket list: Attended ticker tape parade for a sports team, USA Women’s soccer. Wonderful to see all of the families, young girls and young boys who play soccer or are soccer fans. The last ticker tape parade I attended in person was for Nelson Mandela. I watched some of the Yankees ticker tape parade from an office building near City Hall. But this was the first time that I was on the ground to cheer on a sports team. USA Women’s Soccer was the first women’s team to be given a ticker tape parade, and the first non-local team.
- I had hoped to attend a ticker tape parade for the New York Rangers this season, but alas, it was not to be.
More Girl Power: One of the performers at the ceremony after the ticker tape parade was an all-women samba band, Batala NYC. I saw them perform at One Penn Plaza as part of their weekly concert series. I’m happy they were given the honor of performing for the US Women’s soccer team.
- There is also another conversation going around about Title IX in general, and the women’s soccer team in particular. That is: how do we get to the next level, which is parity with pay? The women’s team received a fraction of what the men received for playing in the World Cup. The same disparities also exist between the NBA and the WNBA.
- 10 year old Jaden Newman wants to become the first woman in the NBA. I’m rooting for her. And an all-women crew won the eighth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.
- There’s been a lot of buzz about New York Liberty alum Becky Hammon, who’s now a full-time assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. They won the summer league under her leadership. She may very well become for the first female to become the head coach of an NBA team.
- Serena Williams just completed the Serena slam with her win at Wimbledon, now setting her sights on a calendar grand slam if she wins the U.S.Open championship. Too bad it was colored by the flap about the N.Y. Times article about women tennis players and body image.
- One for the Idiot Box: You would like to think that if JPP could buy a truckload of fireworks for the 4th, then he could hire a fireworks company to provide his own private show. But he ends up having a serious accident where he had to amputate his finger. Just sayin’.
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