How social media helped Breanna Stewart realize her power
The first time I met Breanna Stewart, in 2012, she was sitting in the stands at the Women’s Final Four in Denver after participating in the WBCA High School All-America Game. She was a gangly teenager more interested in eating her french fries than talking to a national media member. Over her next four dominant years at Connecticut, she went from a quiet stalwart who would cede the spotlight to more vocal peers to a confident queen of the moment, a postgame star who wielded a sword to knight her teammates in celebration of their 2016 title.
A few months after that championship, as a 21-year-old rookie with the Seattle Storm, she accepted the ESPY for Best Female Athlete with an impactful speech about the need for gender equality in sports. The next fall, she added her voice to the #MeToo movement with an essay in The Players’ Tribune that revealed sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
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