Fighting for Equality in Pro Sports
Mission: Eliminate Discrimination from Athletic Competitions
Caltrans gender discrimination in the news:
San Jose Mercury News: https://bayareane.ws/2VdrdQf
Cycling News: https://bit.ly/2H9p5p4
letter to Caltrans HQs Public Affairs
May 23, 2019
May 15, 2019
KCBS - Keith Menconi
This year’s Amgen Tour of California known as the nation’s biggest cycling road race is now under way, but KCBS Radio reporter Keith Menconi spoke with one advocate for gender equity in sports who says it shouldn’t come back next year unless it makes a big change.
MAY 9, 2019
Mercury News - Elliot Almond
The Amgen Tour: fighting for equality for women cyclists Bay Area woman who led fight for equality in surfing challenges Amgen Tour of California cycling race
In recent letters to Caltrans officials, Brennan made a pitch for the agency to withhold permits if men and women are not treated equally. She cited the Unruh Act, which outlaws discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, citizenship and other categories for all California businesses. Brennan and women surfers made similar arguments last year, when urging the State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission to reject permit applications by the World Surf League to hold the Mavericks big-wave contest near Half Moon Bay.
World Surf League officials announced a few months later that they would pay competitors equally in all their events — a move they maintained had been planned all along.
Brennan, who lives in Moss Beach, said in an interview that in response to her letters, she had been told by a Caltrans representative that the agency did not control the events it allows to use the roadways. Her reply, she said, was to ask if the agency would “permit a race with seven days for white men and three days for black men.”
Brennan said people often don’t recognize gender-based discrimination because it is socially ingrained.
May 7, 2019
Cycling News - Kirsten Frattini
letter to the Director of Caltrans
May 6, 2019
May 1, 2019
KQED News - Peter Jon Shuler
Interview on KQED Radio regarding Sport Equity’s complaint against Caltrans regarding gender-based discrimination on California State roadways.
KQED News Segment
Sport Equity was Founded by Sabrina Brennan in April 2019