October 13, 2023
By the numbers: Women’s sports in 2023
Women’s sports have been making headlines throughout 2023. Viewership of women’s games, the pay of female athletes and the diversity of sports that female athletes participate in are all higher than in decades past, but gender gaps still exist and some gains may look impressive until they’re put in perspective. Between 2014 and 2022, overall participation in high school sports in Maryland declined among both girls and boys. More girls are participating, however, in some traditionally male-dominated sports like wrestling, golf, ice hockey and Football. Though their numbers are growing, girls playing those four sports represented only 1.7% of all roster sports held by girls during the 2021-22 school year. After making up 30% of NCAA athletes in 1982, Women have seen their representation increase more than 10 percentage points. Women haven’t made up less than 43% of NCAA athletes since at least 1995. The percentage of athletic directors who are women has been growing slowly since at least 1995. However, many women who held leadership roles at their schools when the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women governed women’s sports were demoted when the NCAA took over in the early 1980s. When women do hold more leadership roles, those roles often go to white women. From 2012 to 2022, the share of athletic directors who are women of color grew just one percentage point — from 3% to 4% — while white women’s representation grew from 17% to 20%. Brenda Frese, the head coach of the University of Maryland’s women’s basketball team, was paid $1.4 million in the 2021-22 season. That’s the sixth-highest pay of all women’s basketball coaches that year, and pay is increasing. The highest-paid women’s basketball coach 10 seasons ago was Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, who made just under $2 million or $2.4 million if adjusted for inflation. Today, the highest-paid women’s coach is Geno Auriemma, who made $2.9 million in the 2021-22 season. At least 11 women’s coaches made $1 million or more in total pay and three women’s coaches made over $2 million. Two of those three coaches are women. While all of the 10 highest-paid men’s basketball coaches are men, just five of the 10 highest-paid women’s coaches are women. The highest-paid NCAA women’s basketball coach was paid a little over 25% of what the highest-paid NCAA men’s basketball coach was paid in the 2021-22 season. The 2023 matchup between Louisiana State University and Iowa State is the most-viewed women’s college basketball game on record. From players’ ability to profit off themselves through name, image and likeness deals to skyrocketing Social Media followings, attention on the game and women’s players is growing. To begin LSU’s NCAA tournament run, All-America forward and Randallstown native Angel Reese strung together totals no other NBA, WNBA or Division I basketball player from the past 20 years has reached over three games: 76 points, 51 rebounds, 12 blocks and seven steals.
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
Jan 02, 2024
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
Jan 02, 2024 15:29
The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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