Women in sports changing the conversation

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two local women are accomplishing firsts in the world of sports coverage.  In doing so they are helping to change the conversation about women  "having it all" to families finding balance together.

Stephanie Ready and Wendy Venturini come from different backgrounds and cover different sports but they have something in common.

"Basketball has been around me my whole life and it is my first true love," Ready told us.

"My passion has always been in the garage area, in NASCAR, and it shows," Venturini said.

Ready, a Fox Sports analyst, covers the Charlotte Hornets as the first full-time female NBA game analyst for a team's local broadcast. Venturini, part of a racing family, is the first female play-by-play announcer to call NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for the Performance Racing Network.

"I never set it out in my mind that I wanted to be the first female to do anything particular in our sport, it just so happened that I was the person at the right place at the right time. And it was time for NASCAR to have some female presence," Venturini said.

Each has made a strong commitment to their careers and both are wives and mothers.

"My husband Perry is, essentially, a single dad six months of the year.  He's been an amazing dad and husband.  He supports me 100%.  He's my number one cheerleader.   He's even my field producer sometimes because I'll have to interview a celebrity now and again and he'll let me know if they have a new album dropping or anything.   He's really good at that," Ready said.

That's why she suggests the conversation about women and their careers is shifting from whether women can have it all, to how families find balance together.

The two offer advice, from their own life experience, for young women coming up in any career field.  Watch the web exclusive video on this page to hear what they had to say.

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