149. The Dark Side of Women's Professional Athletics with Olympian Kara Goucher

Financial Feminist

09-04-2024 • 56 mins

TW: SA, ED, abuse The world of professional athletics is often glamorized, but behind the scenes, women athletes face a myriad of challenges and inequalities. In today's episode of the Financial Feminist, host Tori Dunlap sits down with American long-distance runner and two-time Olympian, Kara Goucher to shine a light on the darker side of women's professional athletics. Kara, a trailblazer in her own right, shares her raw and unfiltered experiences navigating the complexities of the sports industry as a female athlete. From unequal pay and sponsorship opportunities to the stigma surrounding motherhood in sports, Kara delves into the systemic issues that continue to plague women athletes. She reveals the pressures she faced to downplay her role as a mother in order to be taken seriously in her athletic career and reflects on the disparities in media representation between male and female athletes. Additionally, Kara opens up about her decision to leave a major sponsor like Nike to join a smaller woman-owned company, highlighting the financial risks and rewards of prioritizing values over profit. Join this eye-opening conversation as Kara shares her insights on the importance of speaking out against injustice and advocating for change within the sports industry. Whether you're a sports enthusiast or simply passionate about gender equality, this episode offers valuable perspectives on the challenges and triumphs of women in professional athletics. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the realities faced by female athletes and discover how we can work together to create a more equitable and inclusive future for athletes of all genders." Read transcripts, learn more about our guests and sponsors, and get more resources at: https://herfirst100k.com/financial-feminist-show-notes/149-the-dark-side-of-womens-professional-athletics-with-olympian-kara-goucher/.  Not sure where to start on your financial journey? Take our FREE money personality quiz! https://herfirst100k.com/quiz. Get Kara’s book: The Longest Race Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices