We often read about female sport stars giving their time and name to worthy causes, which is great.
But what would happen if a female athlete started to voice her concern for the low pay and conditions of the young female textile workers who make her sports clothes?
The apparel industry is, and has historically been, one of the most female-dominated industries in the world. Today, more than 70% of apparel workers in China are women, in Bangladesh the share is 85%, and in Cambodia as high as 90%.
Should female sport stars stand shoulder to shoulder with their sisters in the textile industry? Or would the athletes be ostracised by their sportswear sponsors?

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