Lindsey Vonn, Carli Lloyd and Elana Meyers Taylor share their stories of fighting for pay equality and Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies demonstrates what it means to be an ally joining in the fight. Watch the full Women’s Sports Foundation's Annual Salute to Women in Sports presented by Yahoo Sports here.
LINDSEY VONN: I've definitely noticed times where women were treated differently than men in my sport.
CARLI LLOYD: I think after the 2015 World Cup-- after we had won it-- we had been so successful as a team throughout the years. And I think that things just kind of came to a head at that point.
ELANA MYERS TAYLOR: I've never really thought it was fair to not have the same amount of opportunities as my male counterparts to compete.
CARLI LLOYD: It's not just about the money. It's equality as a whole.
LINDSEY VONN: I tried to make my contract as close to the men's as possible because I was actually outperforming men, and also had more media coverage. And I didn't think it was fair that they made more than I did.
JAREN JACKSON, JR: Gender equality shouldn't be something that has to be fought for. But at the same time, we're in a situation where we need to fight for it.
ELANA MYERS TAYLOR: I think the first got the inclination that I needed to speak out when I got in the front seat. I realized that I am-- by virtue of being a pilot-- I was a leader of the sport, and a leader on my team. It was my responsibility to take the reins, literally and figuratively, and lead women's bobsled into the next direction.
JAREN JACKSON, JR: Because it's so hard to kind of change something that's normalized, and something that is just so easy, we have to work on it together. We have to be the ones to take it on, because that's the position we're in.
CARLI LLOYD: Kicking a field goal, for example, has kind of led to many people considering if I can play for the NFL. And it wasn't something I was expecting. I literally just went to the Eagles practice. And the competitor that I am wanted to try to kick as far as I could. I had so many people reach out to me, whether they were young girls, or whether they were kicking in high school or college. I think it gave them the motivation and the confidence to be OK with trying to do it. It really speaks volumes to what I can do from sport.
LINDSEY VONN: I think that gender equality comes from the way people talk about women and men. It's not slighting women. It's not saying they're less than. It's not underhanded jokes or comments to your friends. It really starts from there. And once we can kind of get over that barrier, I think we can make a lot of progress in the way we're treated in society and. in sports.