What does it mean to be a professional athlete?
How much are we willing to sacrifice to grow the game we love so much?
When is it time to stop being grateful and start creating tangible change for future generations?
These are the questions that professional female athletes face every single day, attempting to balance the weight of opportunity and progress. Social media is flooded with historical achievements and positive imagery, showing how women are truly making the best of the opportunities they are given. However, behind these portrayals lie many harsh truths which are not-so-often depicted for fear that progress will grind to a halt. These negative realities are justified by critics who cite the financial and physical discrepancies between men and women’s sports as reasons for females to be grateful for an opportunity to play.
Behind the Front explores these positive and negative realities prompting an honest conversation about what it will take to achieve true equity in professional women’s hockey.
Each piece in the series explores an experience throughout my playing career. The artwork shares individual accounts that can be viewed independently, as pairs, and as a collective.
The Women’s Sports Foundation exists to enable girls and women to reach their potential in sport and life. Ten percent of auction and print artwork sales through April 1, 2022 will support WSF.