Equal opportunities and mutual respect for women and girls stand among the most hotly contested social issues in America. The divisions that exist affect the development of confidence, disturb corporate boardrooms and even disrupt presidential politics. In the testosterone-heavy sports world, the journey of the female athlete is often discouraging, and despite progress achieved during the Title IX era, gender equity in athletics has a long way to go.
In TOMBOY, CSN explores female participation in organized sports and the challenges faced at every level. From the obstacles that young girls encounter at the recreational stage, to the stereotypes, language issues and cultural disparities that follow, and ultimately the insufficient media coverage and compensation that afflicts elite professional athletes seeking full recognition for their talents.
TOMBOY presents an unadulterated account heard through the voices of many of the world’s most prominent female athletes, broadcasters and sports executives:
- Ann Meyers Drysdale - basketball Hall of Famer/NBC Olympics commentator
- Hilary Knight - hockey four-time World Champion/two-time Olympic silver medalist Tobin Heath - soccer World Cup champion/two-time Olympic gold medalist
- Nadine Angerer - soccer World Cup champion/2013 FIFA World Player of the Year
- Angela Hucles - soccer two-time Olympic gold medalist
- Monica Abbott - softball “Million Dollar Arm” pitcher/Olympic silver medalist
- Miesha Tate - UFC bantamweight champion
- Kim Ng - MLB Senior VP of Operations
TOMBOY is a multiplatform documentary project encompassing a one-hour television special premiering on March 10, 2017 at 7:30pm. Weekly content released through CSN’s websites and social media platforms accompany a series of related podcasts and forums designed to foster public engagement and dialogue.
Quotes from TOMBOY:
“We want to have the best of both worlds. I want to be able to play with Barbies, I want to be able to play dress up, and I also want to be able to go outside and pitch a 77 mile-per-hour softball.”
- Monica Abbott, National Pro Fastpitch “Million Dollar Arm”
“When I was five years old, my grandma asked me what do you want to be when you grow up? And I told her I want to be a hockey player. She said, oh, girls don’t play hockey.”
- Hilary Knight, USA Hockey four-time World Champion
“I just seem to identify more with the male characteristics… of not limiting yourself, and doing whatever it is that makes you happy, following your heart and not segregating yourself based on your sex.”
- UFC Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate
“There’s nothing weak about being strong. Whether it’s strong arms, or strong body or strong mind – and that strong can be really sexy too. But we need to continue to change that message, because that’s not the message that I hear.”
- Former USA Soccer player and current NBC commentator Danielle Slaton
“I see hope, and I see opportunity, and it is within arm’s reach. I’m tired, but I will never rest. Women will never rest.”
- National Pro Fastpitch champion Emily Allard