Dawn Staley is officially one of the highest-paid women in the college sports world at the moment. She earned a 7-year, $22.4 million contract to continue coaching the South Carolina Gamecocks. This contract resulted to be one of the highest-paid contract in women’s college basketball.
Dawn Staley is a player-turned-coach and is now coaching the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team. Her historic $22.4 million deal broke barriers and made her the highest paid Black coach in women’s college basketball as well. This moment is absolutely great for women in sports and a long step towards the gender equity and equal pay in Sports.
Dawn said in an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, “It’s a huge day, obviously for me, but I think it goes to women’s basketball. It’s a great day for gender equity with our country, with our women’s basketball. I hope that one day everybody sits where I’m sitting that has been discriminated against,” she added. “It’s our time in women’s sports and women in general. It’s our time. I think now this is going to become a popular right thing to do, and I hope it becomes the norm because it’s the right thing to do.”
She also credited and praise those women who who fought inbase journey of gender equity and equal pay in sports. Megan Rapinoe and the US women’s national soccer team worked hard to resolve these issues of women in sports. She also mentioned that she watched a HBO documentary about Rapinoe and her teammates. The documentary is about Rapinoe and her teammates’ famous lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation.
Staley further added, “There was a special on the women’s soccer national team – ‘LFG’. I watched it, and they gave me the strength that I needed to keep pushing through with what they were going through. So Megan [Rapinoe] and crew, I appreciate you for your fight.”