Hillary Clinton Lauds Allyson Felix for Her Incredible Display of Solidarity

Published 07/14/2021, 4:35 AM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Allyson Felix takes a victory lap after placing second in the women’s 400m during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Recently six-time Olympic champion, Allyson Felix launched a $200,000 childcare grant for traveling athletes. Being a mother herself, Felix didn’t want athlete mothers to sacrifice their careers for starting a family. Now former First Lady of the USA, Hillary Clinton has praised this effort from Felix.

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Allyson Felix of the United States reacts after winning gold during the Women’s 4 x 400 meter Relay. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton tweeted her approval on the grant that Felix started with her sponsors, Athleta, and the Women’s Sports Foundation. Clinton, who ran for Presidentship of the USA against Donald Trump in 2016 has called for affordable childcare in America.

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“The U.S. should have universal, affordable child care. But until we do, this is an incredible display of solidarity from Allyson Felix,” Hillary Clinton tweeted.

Allyson Felix’s reply to Hillary Clinton

Felix replied to Clinton’s tweet and urged that there is a lot more to be done. Her grant will ensure that motherhood and the athlete’s career can co-exist together. The first nine athletes have been awarded $10,000 each. Out of these nine, six are going to Tokyo Olympics 2020.

“Much work to be done here, but I believe alongside Athleta and Women’s Sports Foundation that athletes should not have to choose between motherhood and competition. Let’s keep pushing,” Allyson Felix replied to Clinton’s tweet.

Allyson Felix celebrates with her daughter Camryn after finishing second in the Women’s 400 Meters Fina. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Allyson Felix on motherhood and her career

Felix herself is a mother and is going to her first Olympics as a mother in Tokyo. She started the grant based on her experience of having to juggle motherhood and her career. Moreover, she has had some torrid experiences with brands that didn’t support her during her pregnancy.

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“It’s really hard to balance being a mom and a professional athlete, and the reality is that there’s a certain level of financial support and security that’s necessary to be able to do it. “There has always been a silence and a fear surrounding motherhood in sports. I remember feeling like I had to choose between this sport that I love and my family,” Felix said earlier

Now Felix is one of the most decorated sprinters in history. She has nine Olympic medals and could add a few more in Tokyo. Furthermore, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 could be her last Olympics as she indicated that she wants to retire before Paris 2024.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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