WNBA players union president on the fight for equal pay and benefitsOn March 11, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Nneka Ogwumike: We are the longest-standing team league for women, and it’s for a reason. But we could be further along. And I think a lot of that has to do with not appreciating our game for what it is. It really grinds my gears when they ask us what we need to do differently on the court. We’ve definitely been in situations where people have asked us to lower the rim. People have asked us to wear tighter uniforms. We don’t need to change the game. You have to change how you’re presenting it to people so that they can appreciate it for what it is. But I do think that, because of the inequality in women’s sports, it creates natural businesswomen, it creates natural fighters and natural pioneers. I like to tell people that it’s not the end, by any means, what we were able to achieve in this newly signed collective bargaining agreement. It’s almost illogical to think of the things that we didn’t have. But most specifically, the maternal benefits, I mean, we’re a league of women. You know, a lot of working women in conventional jobs don’t already have what we fought for. That is the reason why we have to keep going. You know, if the buck stops with us, then they have
a ceiling. And we don’t want to provide a ceiling
for anyone. There truly is strength in numbers. It provides that access and that visibility that we all need to expose the world to what we’re doing and to invite people to also fight with us.