NBA Joins Advocates of Women’s Empowerment to Embrace Gender Equality

Throughout the past two seasons, the National Basketball Association has teamed up with Lean In, an organization that changes lives through peer support circles. The unity between the NBA and Lean In displays an admirable approach to gender equality through forming healthy relationships with women. Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner, said, “This campaign is much bigger than basketball because we recognize our fan base looks to our players and to the league to set examples.”

In life there is the good vs. the bad. In terms of women, they’re defending themselves against gender discrimination and fighting for gender equality. Women have longed for gender equality, and it starts with the support of men. Men appear to dominate the workplace and hold the majority of managerial positions. Women deserve to have the same equal opportunities without facing challenges such as sexual harassment or gender discrimination along the way. Every man comes from a woman, so men should value every woman’s worth and support her strength that makes the world go round.
NBA player, Draymond Green from the Golden State Warriors, praises his mom, Mary Babers-Green, for all she’s done for him. He states, “I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without my mom.” Men like Draymond Green who are raised by a respectable woman might be more likely to treat women with respect. There are millions of young men with dreams of becoming an NBA star. They spend endless hours, admiring and imitating their favorite players and their moves. Draymond Green set an excellent example of how a young man should treat the woman who raised him. In Draymond Green’s case, his mom is the center of all his success.
It is often misconstrued that women are solely responsible for the duties of the household and the children, when in fact it is a mutual responsibility. Gordon Hayward, player for Utah Jazz leans in to help his wife, Robyn, with his daughter Bernadette. Hayward said, “It’s important to show that fathers have a big responsibility in their daughter’s lives.”

Lean In: PSAs featuring Chris Bosh and Becky Hammon

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat play leans in to help his wife, Adrienne Bosh, accomplish her goals with her small business. Chris Bosh views their union as an “equal partnership.”
Becky Hammon fills the position as the NBA’s “first full-time women’s assistant coach.” Gregg Popovich, Spurs Coach, hired Becky Hammon as an equal who knows basketball and brings greatness to the team. Becky Hammon said, “I’m not here unless Coach Pop kind of sees me genderless.” The Spurs want to win championships, and they acknowledge that the way to a win is through “promoting the values of inclusion, respect and equality in the workplace.”
According to USA Today Sports, the focus this year of the partnership between the NBA and Leanin.org is “men standing up for gender equality,” through building better relationships with women at home and in the workplace. The more men in the spotlight uplift gender equality and support women, it will only be a matter of time before society gets on board with the trend. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Lean In founder, said, “We love partnering with the NBA because the players loom so large in the lives of men, and when they set the right examples, other people follow.

Gender Equality is for Men and Women

 When you hear gender equality, one often thinks of the subject favoring women. Thoughts of that nature couldn’t be more incorrect. Gender equality applies to both men and women. While women are striving to be treated fairly, compensated, and respected equally in the workplace, men are adapting to accepting female leadership. Becky Hammon’s assistant coach position reflects this change. NBA Men who have families are working towards putting the same amount of effort into their households as their spouses. Men, who manage to work well with women at home or work, are the leaders of the transition into a world where gender equality exist.
In the media, people always hear about the negative things. The NBA is no exception. If a scandal occurs in the NBA, every detail or what is believed to be the details headline every major news outlet. Positive things such as this awesome partnership with Lean In are limited to the notoriety they receive. Equality is a reflection of balance, which means individual should promote positive activities that benefits the greater good of society just as much as they spread allegations and rumors. In order to see a change in the relationship between men and women, men have to evolve at home and work.

Gender Discrimination violates the Civil Rights Law of 1964

 According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from employment discrimination against sex, gender, race, age, disability, color, pregnancy, wage and compensation, religious and national origin. The battle for gender equality occurs in the workplace for several reasons including equal pay and managerial positions. Workplaces with employees or employers who disagree with uplifting women empowerment could create a hostile work environment and unnecessary mistreatment to other employees. In addition to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, federal and state laws provide protection as well.

If you have ever been exposed to gender discrimination for supporting the rise of gender equality in the workplace, contact our us at 800-807-2209 for a free consultation to discuss your possible claim. We are well aware of your Civil Rights, federal and state laws, and we would like to share our knowledge with you.

About Derek Smith

Attorney Derek T. Smith is an experienced sexual harassment & discrimination law litigator who has particular experience in the areas of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights litigation, employment law and civil litigation.

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