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"Athletes should shut up and play": Gold medalists help mothers pay for childcare for the competition

"After giving birth to my daughter in November 2018, I felt the pressure to get back in shape as soon as possible, although I ended up having to undergo an emergency caesarean when I was 32 weeks old for severe preeclampsia that threatened my and my life baby, "she wrote . At that time, she was negotiating a new contract with the company.

"Despite all of my victories, Nike wanted to pay me 70 percent less than before," wrote Felix. "If you think it's worth it now, I'll accept it. What I don't want to accept is the ongoing status quo. I asked Nike to contractually guarantee that I would not be punished if I didn't mine in the months around the birth I did my best.

“I wanted to set a new standard. If I, one of Nike's most marketed athletes, couldn't guarantee this protection, who could? Nike refused. "

"Athletes are told to shut up and play, ”wrote Felix for the New York Times. “We are told that nobody cares about our politics. We're told we're only entertainers, so run fast, jump high, and throw far. And don't screw yourself up.

“But pregnancy doesn't mess up anything; for women it can and should be part of a flourishing professional sports career, as my teammates have shown and I hope to show it too.

Following Felix's story and that of her Olympic teammates Alysia Montaño and Kara Goucher, who had previously broken nondisclosure agreements with Nike to report that the company cut their salaries after conceiving, Nike changed its maternity policy. The company expanded the schedule for guaranteed pay and bonuses for pregnant athletes from 12 to 18 months in 2019, the Washington Post reported. Both periods represent the kind of guarantee many Americans are still fighting for.

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PAID FAMILY LEAVE: President Biden is adding 12 weeks of paid family vacation to his American Families plan, saying no one has to choose between paying a paycheck and caring for their family pic.twitter.com/AjImGrOLTr

– Forbes (@Forbes) July 7, 2021

President Joe Biden proposed a guaranteed 12-week paid vacation for federal employees as part of his $ 1.8 trillion spending and tax credit plan designed to restore the country to financial health after the coronavirus pandemic. The plan would cost about $ 225 billion over 10 years and be paid for by taxing the rich, CNBC reported. "This new benefit, provided by the federal government, will ensure workers receive partial wage reimbursement so that they can take time to bond with a new child; Care of a seriously ill relative; deal with the military engagement of a loved one; Find safety from sexual assault, stalking or domestic violence; to heal from their own serious illness; or take the time to deal with the death of a loved one, "the White House said in an April datasheet.

Felix who started it Saysh lifestyle brand by and for women, said in the caption of an Instagram post last month:

"I I never thought that using my voice would have led NIKE to change their maternity policy for athletes and I definitely never thought it would lead to starting @bysaysh. Go ahead and keep talking even if your voice is shaking. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support on my way down the road and now with my company. The outpouring of love was overwhelming. I am so full of gratitude.

Please be clear. I used my voice and built this company for you. So that you never have to train at 4:30 a.m. in the 5th month to hide your pregnancy from your sponsor. So that you don't have to fight someone so much bigger than you for a right that should be fundamental. I did this for you, and I didn't do it alone, but it was for you.

I build @bysaysh With @ pwesley22 because we haven't seen what we think the world needs. The world no longer needs shoes, but the world has to see women completely and pick them up where they are. We hope so @bysaysh. We want women to feel seen and known. I hope that I can leave this sport better than I found it and this world better than when I got into it. "

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