On Athletes & Activism

On Athletes & Activism

The G.O.A.T

Simone Biles is not just an Olympic champion — she’s also an equality champion. By putting her mental health above the winner’s podium, she showed true leadership and remarkable self-awareness. As we continue to watch the Olympic Games and celebrate all the female talent on display, here are some words of wisdom from more of our heroes in the world of sports.

THE NUMBERS

  • Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) broke new ground as the most gender-equal edition to date with 49% of 11,656 of the athletes being female.
  • The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is only about 33% female and its committee membership is about 37.5% female.
  • 257 athletes contributed to the U.S. medal count, according to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Of that number, 164 were female and 93 were male./li>

49%

Record-breaking percentage of women competing in Tokyo 2020 Olympics

329

Number of women who dominated Team USA 3 games in a row at Tokyo 2020 versus 284 men

23

Out of team USA’s 39 Olympic gold medals at this year’s Olympics, 23 were won by women.

66

Out of the 113 total Olympic medals won by Team USA, women’s events raked in 66 compared to 41 from men’s events.

I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard.

SIMONE BILES

THE MOST DECORATED AMERICAN GYMNAST OF ALL TIME

HEARD INSIDE THE LOUNGE

On the power of the pack:

“I feel a responsibility to get to know other women working in the NFL. If I can open a door of opportunity for them, I think it’s my responsibility to do it. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the women who did that for me.” — Renie Anderson, Chief Revenue Officer and EVP, Partnerships, NFL

On getting off the sidelines:

“When a stretch-opportunity comes your way, you have to mitigate the negative self-talk and the imposter syndrome. Find the confidence within yourself to go for it.” — Michele Meyer-Shipp, Chief People & Culture Officer, MLB

On creating space for everyone:

“It’s about providing the opportunity for everyone. Because when you have that chance, when you can grab it, that’s when you can step up and make the change.” — Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE

On staying at the top of your game:

“The emphasis on mental health over the last year has taught us how important it is to create a work environment that is conducive to our employees’ overall wellbeing.” — JoAnn Neale, President & Chief Administrative Officer, MLS

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