I’m a female athlete, and I’m part of the problem that female athletes are not supported

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It’s a great time to be an American woman. The US women’s team just won the world cup. I went to one of the games during groups, and I loved seeing how many American fans there were. There were girls and women of all ages concerned more about their face paint and red-white-and blue head bands rather than their mascara or straightened hair. Apart from the women, there were plenty of boys and men cheering the women’s team, making the gender ratio of the fans pretty balanced. This is the most viewed soccer event by Americans in history. The baseball world series 7th had 23.5 million viewers and this world cup was not far behind with 22.86 million viewers(NPR).

For a New York Times article, Julie Foudy, star midfielder on the 1999 team states explains

“We’re talking about them as athletes, rather than some of the conversations we had in ’99 — ‘My God, who are these women? They’re kind of hot!’ ” This comment well portrays the transition of US women’s soccer over the past 16 years.

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Confessions of a Women’s Soccer Fan: Four Years Ago I Wasn’t Crazy About Abby Wambach

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Abby Wambach celebrates after a goal

Even as I sat on the edge of my chair, screaming as she nailed an insane, bullet-like header into the back of the net to tie the game up in the quarter finals against Brazil in 2011, even as I jumped up to cheer when she did it again in the final against Japan, even as I watched her break Mia Hamm’s scoring record, then discussed her incredible athleticism, marveled at her speed, her precision, and strength, even as I nicknamed my talented teammates after her, I didn’t love Abby Wambach.

But why?

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