Women’s World Cup Revolution: The Significance of This Game

We can’t believe we’re not seeing more cool history nerds put this together…

The 🇺🇸 National Soccer Team will play 󠁢󠁥󠁮England on July 2nd — the REAL Independence Day!

via HBO’s miniseries “John Adams”

This year’s Women’s World Cup team feels like a lot like the ‘99ers (our first real memory of the potential for sports to improve society).

That sports bra should be in the Smithsonian.

But this game, 20 years later, seems even more significant…

1) It reminds us how American memory often plays.

A record 6 million watched the U.S. Women beat France. But the men’s team still makes 6x that much money at this level. This is why the U.S. Women’s Team is suing U.S. Soccer for pay equality.

The words “all men are created equal” certainly becomes more relevant here!

And the battle for pay significance outweighs any battle for dates.

While July 4th marks the official federal holiday, there were more “independence days,” like the signing of the “Declaration of Sentiments” in 1848 and June 19th, 1865.

We hope American history will mark this July 2nd, 2019 as another Women’s Independence Day. #payday

It’s not necessarily the date that matters: It’s how we remember it.

2) It reminds us of the game’s Global significance.

No other revolution in World History was as successful as the American Revolution. It established representative government, totally transferred power, and eventually established political legitimacy.

The American Revolution set the stage for Revolutions in more places around the world, like France, Haiti, and Ireland.

And you can bet women in Saudi Arabia and Iran will be watching too…

“Gimme my check, put some respeck on my check. Or pay me in equity, pay me in equity” (Beyoncé).

3) It reminds us that Sport often improves society.

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“Founding Fathers” image we clipped from an old ESPN magazine, circa 7th grade.

Here are a few of your “Founding Mothers” too…

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the ‘99ers
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the 2019ers

Worst-case scenario, this History-in-the-making should bring us all together.

Like this…

Yell it out again for the people in the back:

U-S-A! 🇺🇸 U-S-A! 🇺🇸 U-S-A! 🇺🇸

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