LOS ANGELES (Nov. 11, 2020) – As part of the Sparks Change Has No Offseason campaign, the organization will host a virtual panel on Pay Equity on Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. PT live on the Sparks Facebook and Twitter.

The discussion will include 2016 MVP, World Champion and current WNBPA President Nneka Ogwumike, who was central in negotiating the landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement announced on January 14, 2020. The new CBA increased average player compensation by 53% and instituted full maternity benefits, setting a blueprint not just for women’s sports but for pay equity across the workforce.

Despite the progress, Pew research shows women make between 80-89 cents for every dollar men earn for the same work and are still poorly represented in leadership positions across industries. Join us for an important conversation about why wage discrimination persists and the work being done to ensure all women receive the pay they deserve — in professional sports and beyond.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Time: 5-6 p.m. PT

Location: Live on the Sparks Facebook and Twitter


Nneka Ogwumike, Sparks Forward & WNBPA President

Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader & Civil Rights Activist

Betsy Butler, Executive Director of California Women’s Law Center

Renata Simril, President and CEO of LA84 Foundation

Yarel Ramos, Univision Anchor (Moderator)


Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks are one of three original franchises in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sparks have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 2016), have qualified for the playoffs in 20 of their 24 seasons and remain the only active team in the league to win back-to-back titles. The Los Angeles Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at Staples Center has a championship level entertainment experience while showcasing the best female athletes from around the world on the court. To purchase tickets, visit http://sparks.wnba.com/tickets/.