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Caroline Simard
Managing Director,
Stanford VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab

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Summer Verhoeven
Executive Director,


Rosie Casals
Member of International Tennis Hall of Fame


Carolyn Gan
Executive Director, 
California Partners Project

Carol Zhao

Carol Zhao
Professional Tennis Player on the WTA

Melissa Pine

Melissa Pine
Vice President Global Program Development, WTA

Championing Equality, Fighting to Achieve Pay Parity

Fifty years ago, Billie Jean King won equal pay for women at the 1973 U.S. Open, a groundbreaking achievement that revolutionized women’s sports. Today, as recently noted in the New York Times, professional tennis has a gender pay gap problem. And it’s getting worse, not better; the Financial Times reports that, excluding the Slams, prize money at men’s ATP events in 2022 was 75% percent higher than women’s WTA events, the greatest gap in two decades.


Alongside Stanford University, the Golden Gate Open will host a curated panel discussion on what happens – and why it matters beyond the court – when competition is built on a foundation of equality. 

Thursday, August 17

5pm to 6pm

Stadium Court @ Taube Tennis Center

Night Session Quarterfinals to Follow

The Golden Gate Open is looking forward to furthering the discussion on gender pay equity in sports. Caroline Simard, Director of Stanford's VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab, will moderate and is joined by a panel of influential and inspiring women. We are thrilled to welcome Summer Verhoeven, Carolyn Gan, Rosie Casals, Carol Zhao, and Melissa Pine to the GGO's first Gender Equity Panel! 

Entry to panel discussion is included in purchase of any Golden Gate Open ticket. 

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