A CONVERSATION WITH NATASHA HASTINGS

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You see the bright lipstick and platinum blonde hair. You know about the Olympic gold medals and World Championship medals. It’s no doubt that she is a force in women’s sports. But are you seeing what she wants you to see and do you really know what keeps her going? In conjunction with SET Magazine, GladiatHers.com is bringing you an in-depth two-part conversation with the fiercely competitive, fiercely fashionable Natasha Hastings. Get to know the woman on and off the track and be inspired by her determination to win, even when she loses.

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GladiatHer® Wives: Samantha “DJ Spinvixen” Romantini Bethea

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Today we’re merging two of our classic features, GladiatHer® Wives and GladiatHer® Crush Wednesday, to introduce you to one outstanding woman. She’s a dedicated wife and mother, an entrepreneur and philanthropist and can make a party turn 0 to 100, real quick. To top that all off, she’s a proud graduate of the Real HU. Meet New Jersey’s own, Samantha Romantini Bethea aka DJ Spinvixen…

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Skylar Diggins: Still Changing the World and Ready for the 2017 WNBA Season

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We spoke with Skylar Diggins at the end of last year and she had a TON of great things going on. Three months later…she still has a TON of wonderful things going on. We’re still not sure how this lady manages to execute so many things and do it so well, but she does. Check out what’s been going on with Skylar as she gets ready for the start of the 2017 WNBA season.

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The Women of USA Hockey Score HUGE Crack in the Pay Gap Ceiling

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In spite of the best efforts of the likes of O’Reilly and “Spicey,” who continue to disrespect the women who threaten their fragile male egos, women and women in sports got a huge win this week. This morning, less than two weeks after the women of team USA Hockey announced that they would boycott the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championships if they didn’t reach a fair compensation deal with USA Hockey officials, USA Hockey announced that an agreement had been reached that would get the women on the ice in time for the Championships.

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Friday Night Tykes: How Women Shouldn’t Coach

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Anyone who knows me moderately well knows that I love me some Friday Night Tykes. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a reality TV show based on youth football leagues in Texas and Pennsylvania. It’s packed with all the drama that comes from the combination of talented youth football players, questionable parenting and coaching and cable TV editing. I love it. While the show is understandably mostly about the boys who play and the men who coach them; occasionally, the storyline follows a young girl who dares to play with the boys or a woman who is knowledgeable and brave enough to stand on the sidelines as a coach. Last night, we got a glimpse at one of those women, but unfortunately, she was neither brave nor showed herself to be knowledgeable. On the contrary, she used very cowardly, thoughtless tactics in an effort to win a football game, and showed how women shouldn’t be coaching. Let me tell you what happened.

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It’s NCAAW Tournament Time!!

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Today marks the start of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. Can you feel the excitement? We can. We’re siding with Asia McCants and against the odds by selecting South Carolina as our pick to be crowned National Champions. Check out our bracket below. Who’s your pick to win it all? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-date tournament coverage! If you still haven’t filled out your bracket, click here for a printable one. Happy March Madness!!

GladiatHers NCAAw Bracket

Diversifying NASCAR

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Way back in 1947, when Bill France Sr. created the National Association of Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) it’s unlikely that he and the roughly twenty other white men in the room with him, had the advancement of women or people of color in mind. And that was par for the course in America. While they met to form what would become one of the premier motorsports organizations in the world, Jim Crow was in full swing and women earned only 46 cents for every dollar that men earned. But just as Jim Crow has been eliminated and women have come closer to earning their fair share, NASCAR has made progress and given women and people of color access to the organization. Last Saturday, NASCAR’s Multicultural Development’s Division invited various groups to be a part of its NASCAR Opinion Leaders activation at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) during the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series double header to see some of that progress. In partnership with Minorities in Sports (MIS), GladiatHers.com was in the middle of the action.

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