I just re-read my post about soccer and the Women’s World Cup published on June 10, where I suggested that we pay attention to this team because they are using their platform to elevate female athletes and women everywhere.
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past week, the team completely slayed at the World Cup, winning the trophy on Sunday. What has happened since then, though, has completely exceeded my expectations. While sporting some pretty amazing sunglasses, this team has demonstrated to women everywhere how to celebrate accomplishments and truly enjoy the moment (see “A Guide to Partying Like the USWNT“). These lovely ladies are very, very good at it! Like many women, I tend to downplay my accomplishments. But this team is teaching me that I can and should say “Hell yes! I slayed that! Watch what I do next!” without any hesitation or shame. I need to claim my accomplishments!
Even more than this, these women continue to use every ounce of their platform. Yesterday, Megan Rapinoe told NYC and the nation, “This is my charge to everyone: We have to be better. We have to love more. Hate less. We got to listen more and talk less.” Watch the entire moving speech here. They also showed up at the ESPYs in Los Angeles last night looking fierce. Throughout all the speeches, appearances, and celebrations, these women continue to talk about TEAM and their amazing teammates. Not one of them has made it about themselves. If the only “I” in TEAM is in the “a-hole”, these women are anything but that! These are just a few reasons I’m glad that my daughters look up to them! And actually, I want to be like them when I grow up too 🙂
Men and women everywhere are also suggesting that we now refer it “soccer” and “men’s soccer” while demanding that these women get paid equally. Two big endorsements happened this week as well: ESPN announced that they will broadcast NWSL games for the remainder of the season, and Budweiser announced their NWSL sponsorship too. The momentum is building, but if we do not support women’s soccer, the momentum will fade as the celebrations come to an end.
Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen. It’s important to keep the momentum going – not just for these women but for women everywhere, whether they are athletes or not. One easy way to do this is to attend NWSL games. Teams are about halfway through their seasons, so there are plenty more games to see! Each of the 23 members of the USWNT play on an NWSL team, so you can see so.much.talent! Although the USWNT members won’t be there, the Carolina Courage play in Cary on Saturday, July 13 and again on August 2. Look at the full schedule here. I gladly welcome new fans to be my guests at any home game for the remainder of the season.