Ms. Foundation for Women Responds to Goodell Memo

“Commissioner Goodell needs to do more than hire women to clean house; he needs to continue to promote women and also must integrate them throughout the organization.”

NEW YORK, NY — Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger issued a statement regarding today’s memo from Commissioner Goodell to the 32 franchises.

“Hiring three women as senior advisors is a start — but this should not be where it ends. We hope the NFL will be inclusive of the voices called to the table to address systemic cultural issues that perpetuate violence against women. The NFL needs to support victims, expand education for football players and fans at all levels, and dismantle sexism within football.

“Commissioner Goodell needs to do more than hire women to clean house; he needs to continue to promote women and also must integrate them throughout the organization. He must keep this issue at the forefront of the NFL’s activities – after this season, through the Super Bowl and into the future.

“We look forward to changes in leadership both off and on the field – with new standards for nonsexist advertising and opening the door for women coaches, players and referees. The only way to change the culture is for the NFL to conduct its business in a way that genuinely respects and values women. We look forward to seeing how those changes are applied.”

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