Quoted: Allyson Felix

Written by Erin Feher
3:35 pm
05/28/19

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“I felt pressure to return to form as soon as possible after the birth of my daughter in November 2018, even though I ultimately had to undergo an emergency C-section at 32 weeks because of severe pre-eclampsia that threatened the lives of me and my baby. …Despite all my victories, Nike wanted to pay me 70 percent less than before. If that’s what they think I’m worth now, I accept that. What I’m not willing to accept is the enduring status quo around maternity. Athletes are told to shut up and play. We are told that no one cares about our politics. We are told that we’re just entertainers, so run fast, jump high, and throw far. And don’t mess up. But pregnancy is not messing up; for women it can and should be able to be part of a thriving professional athletic career, as my teammates have shown and I hope to show too. And I dream of a day when we don’t have to fight in order to try. Protection during maternity isn’t just limited to Olympians; working women all over the U.S. deserve protection when they have children. We shouldn’t have to rely on companies to do the right thing. Our families depend on it.”

-Allyson Felix, winner of nine Olympic gold medals in track, and mother to Camryn, 6 months, in her New York Times Op-Ed, May 2019.

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Lee Harris

I believe Allyson is very correct in her statement women sare our mothers and friends and our wives we owe themrespect in considering moterhood and should not ppenalize a wonderful event like motherhood.

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