For years, female athletes have sought higher wages and benefits that are more equitable with men, but now family-planning benefits are becoming more important than ever both on the sports field and in the boardroom.
On Tuesday, Hastings appeared at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters with her son in tow, for an event launching their latest campaign: “The Only Way is Through.” That’s her mantra these days as she balances motherhood and her career.
“It was almost like I had tortured myself for five months thinking about all the possible outcomes,” she added. Hastings and her fiance, former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay, delivered a baby boy they named Liam on Aug. 6.
“It’s been hard training, I’m not going to lie,” she said. “From every aspect. Physically, my body is different, I’m not sleeping through the night all the time with a new baby. I have to allow myself time to recover and get back in shape.”
But this Olympics, Hastings‘ third, has new meaning that’s more important than ever, she said. She won two gold medals as part of the women‘s 400-meter relay team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. After failing to make the U.S. Olympic team in 2012, she took home the gold again as part of the same relay team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where she also finished fourth in the individual 400-meter relay race.