Our first day in Paris was a whirlwind to say the least. We were lucky enough to be a part of Lunabar's #SomedayIsNow Equality event at the Eiffel Tower. We were surrounded by so many incredibly empowering female athletes like tennis legend Venus Williams, USWNT "99er" and ESPNW commentator Julie Foudy and professional hockey player Hilary Knight.
All three women, including the host Catt Sadler [An E! News co-host who resigned in December after she found out her male counterpart had been making “close to double” her salary], are trailblazers when it comes to women's inequality on and off the field. They are badass ladies who stand up for what they deserve. Lunabar has made it their mission to get people to start discussing and taking action when it comes to equality for women.
What is a piece of advice that they would give a woman who wants to take a stand for women's equality?
Hilary Knight - Turn on the TV and watch women's sports, singers, commentators or any other woman in the industry. By showing the views, you are showing support. Also, to educate yourself and others about the cultural biases. The more you know the more confident you are to take a stand.
Venus Williams- Keep the conversation going and be a part of that conversation! Get behind it, know your stuff and utilize social media as a tool to spread the mission of equal treatment for both men and women on and off the field.
Julie Foudy- For parents, watch what you do and say around men and women - You are modeling behavior for your children. Your language and your actions are bigtime and don't go unnoticed. Also, change the script of your child. If your daughter gets mad at the boy at school who said she "can't kick because she's a girl", instead of her being quietly angry, teach her how to communicate appropriately.
Speaking of "anger", the panelists were discussing how women being angry can be negative when it comes to fighting for your rights. How can we channel this emotion into something constructive?
Hilary Knight- In essence, she said instead of being a ticking time bomb, use the anger as a source of rocket fuel to take reasonable action.
Julie Foudy - It's OK to be angry, in fact she LOVES IT. She channels her emotions into excitement and it catapults her forward in the direction of change.
SoccerGrlProbs' personal advice for our #Ladyballers,
From personal experience, we've noticed that calling yourself a feminist can have negative connotations. Immediately, others think that you are too aggressive, too intimidating or offending the other genders.
However, shift your mindset and change the narrative! Being a feminist is wanting EQUALITY for the same work. It's wanting fairness on and off the field.
As Julie Foudy told us today, OWN IT.
Be proud of being a feminist and discuss it with others in an appropriate way!
If you ever need any advice on how to approach the discussion, just email us firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram @soccergrlprobs.
- Instead of dividing and conquering, women are stronger together.
- Don't be afraid to stick up for yourself or voice what you believe in.
- You will encounter resistance in all walks of life [resisting people, jobs, careers, relationships, etc], make sure you surround yourself around supportive people who bring you up and encourage you to DO MORE.
- Lunabar's Lemon mini bars are delicious and you should try them.
Huge shout out to Lunabar for putting together such an inspirational panel INSIDE the Eiffel Tower. It was an experience we will cherish forever and it has inspired us to use our platform for social change.
Also, fun fact: Lunabar donated over $700K to the U.S. Women's National team giving each of the 23 women named to the 2019 USNWT World Cup team $31,250 making up the difference between the women’s and men’s World Cup roster bonus. They are helping move the U.S. Women's National Team one step closer to EQUAL PAY.
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To learn more about SOMEDAY IS NOW CAMPAIGN, read here.