She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the N.B.A.; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she would negotiate with team owners who were almost all men; and she would stand before reporters who were predominantly men.
She did not flinch. ”My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”
Meet the new head of the NBA players union, Michele A. Roberts. A former public defender, Roberts will be the first female leader of a major North American professional sports union. But, she says, “I don’t live my life saying, ‘What ceiling am I going to crack tomorrow?’” Instead, her advice “is not to worry about whether you’re the only one, but worry about whether you’re the best one.”
As The Toast suggests, let us bow down before her.