Jessica Mendoza: Put Me in, Coach!

June 8 - On The Dot
 
It’s a great day to be a woman! Melinda Garvey here as your voice, with the mission to give women everywhere a place to be heard and tell their stories. We’d love to hear from you!

FIRST THOUGHT: A Whole New Ball Game

Life is all about knowing when to play offense and when to play defense. When it comes to your career, it can be tough to find a balance. You can’t always be the one to score the goals at work. Sometimes, you have to support your co-workers so they can win.

That doesn’t mean you’re sitting on the sidelines. It means you’re their coach and you’re their cheerleader. Who are you cheering for today?

WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 40 Percent

Where are the referees when it comes to the wage gap? Five women from the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a federal complaint in March regarding wage discrimination.

They claim they made as much as 40 percent less than their male counterparts for things like per diems, bonuses and appearances.

What’s totally bonkers about this is that the women’s soccer team has historically been more successful. (Ever heard of Mia Hamm?) They’ve won three World Cups, and the guys haven’t even come close to winning just one.

It’s high time these tireless women get the pay they deserve!

WOMAN TO WATCH: Jessica Mendoza, Sports Commentator and ESPN Baseball Analyst

Professional sports seem to be one of the most publicized boys’ clubs out there. Like a lot of avenues, women don’t always get the kudos they deserve. But Jessica Mendoza is doing her part to change that.

Mendoza is a bold woman who isn’t afraid to come out of left field and effect change. She played softball at Stanford and still holds five Stanford school records, including career home runs. Naturally, Mendoza found her stride alongside America’s best players as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team. As if that weren’t remarkable enough, she’s also an Olympic gold and silver medalist in softball.

After her playing career, Mendoza became the first woman to call a Major League Baseball game as an analyst on ESPN, and was the first woman to call a postseason game. Now, she’s the first woman to be a full-time analyst for Sunday Night Baseball.

Mendoza found her place in the booth by spending a ton of time with the Sunday Night crew. She took notes, observed and gave her input. When placed permanently in the booth, Mendoza said she had definitely earned it. She’s received rave reviews on social media from many who found the addition of a woman refreshing.

When she’s not sharing baseball wisdom on the field or in the booth, she’s serving on the advisory panel of espnW, a site that provides inspiring stories about women in sports.

So, yeah, you could call her a trailblazer. But you can also call her one of the sharpest analysts of her time.

QUITE THE QUOTE

Are you facing what might seem like an unwinnable challenge today? Stay strong and take to heart in this quote from award-winning soccer legend Mia Hamm, who said:

“True champions aren’t always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.”

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