I’m very excited about this blog because it’s about International Women’s Day and I get to share some of my thoughts on everything women.
I wouldn’t be where I’m at with some of the strong women I look up to and I definitely want to highlight a few. One of the big ones is Oprah. She’s really impacted my life. Just her whole story -- what she’s gone through, how she got to where she is and how she’s always improved herself without worrying about what others are doing. She’s in one of my favorite movies, “The Color Purple” and of course, I grew up watching her show.
Another one is Coretta Scott King. I just think she’s so strong and for her to keep being positive after all she went through is not an easy thing to do. She’s continued to show love to people and I love that about her.
And the best for last, my mom and grandma. They’ve always been encouraging and loving. They taught me the ways of the world and I don’t know where I’d be without them.
Now that I’m in a position to be a role model for the younger generation, it’s something I take pride in. When I was growing up, there weren’t really women athletes or leagues for me to look up to or follow. I never thought I’d be an Olympic gold medalist, WNBA player or anything. I want to make sure that the younger generations know that there are more opportunities for women in sports than ever before.
It’s really crazy to think that there might be some little girls out there who want to be like me. And I will make sure I continue to push forward so that they all have the respect, equality and opportunities they deserve.
The WNBA hasn’t been around that long in the grand scheme of things and we’re a lot better off than the NBA was around the same time in its path. That doesn’t mean that the league is where it should be. It’s definitely not going to be easy but we can all get it to where we want.
From marketing to pay scale and everything else we want, I really like the fight we have in the league right now. We’re going to set things up for the future.
Sometimes I get questions from men about what they can do to help women’s sports and it’s really simple. Don’t be scared to rock our jerseys with your homeboys. Don’t be afraid to go to games and support by watching on TV. On top of that, just make sure that you don’t teach your sons to look down on women in sports. Kids will learn what they hear and see so it’s important to show that support and let them see it.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Let’s keep pushing!! Happy International Women’s Day!!