As the Hope Solo and Chamique Holdsclaw controversies show, female athletes can be just as flawed as men -- and the price they pay can be steeper.
From Victor Cruz to Swin Cash and Chris Kluwe, athletes haven't been shy with sharing and hearing others' political views this election season.
Female athletes are using Twitter to overcome the lack of coverage in traditional media, staying connected with fans, attracting sponsors and promoting their sports.
Since Title IX, the number of women participating in sports has skyrocketed, and the skill level has improved significantly. And still we wonder: Can an exceptional woman ever crack the ranks of men's pro sports? Or should she even try?
Cappie Pondexter, an ex-Rutgers star and WNBA champ, gives Liberty hope.