At the start of her career, Sheryl Swoopes struck a famous pose. Appearing on the front cover of Sports Illustrated women’s magazine with her stomach swollen from the late stages of pregnancy, Swoopes looked like an athletic version of Demi Moore. Unlike Moore, she kept her clothes on, a Houston Comets jersey, in fact.
Still, the image was provocative. It shed light on the ability of women to give birth and chase rebounds soon after, to be moms, teammates, and competitors at the same time.