• Val Haskell

Soccer gets personal

Updated: Feb 26, 2020

On July 7, 2019, I had the pleasure of being at the Women's World Cup final. After this final, something unexpected happened. As the award ceremony unfolded, the crowd began chanting "Equal Pay". I was surprised and delighted. Then I wondered what could I do as a fan to help this amazing team, that delivers over and over again, get paid. It's a fight I have fought as a woman myself and I wish it was settled already.

Not long after that, I had a vision of flooding the US Soccer Federation with postcards of support for the team. I got to work trying to figure out how to do that. I mean, I worked in software as a business development executive, not anything related to this. It just felt like the right thing to do and something that I could do.

I got to work. I engaged several postcard companies and the one that came thru is MyPostcard. I posted on facebook asking for graphics help - big thank you to Jen Adams-Maki. I asked friends for pictures of kids playing soccer (thank you to Becky, Whitney, Mary, and Allison). At every turn, people have been generous and inspired me to keep on when it didn't seem so likely (big thanks to Jenni here).

My hope is that with all of us sending postcards showing, in a physical way, how much support here is behind the USWNT for equal pay, that the USSF will pay them equally and that other sports will follow. Eventually, the ultimate goal is that this fight looks ridiculous because equal pay becomes the natural state of affairs.

Thanks for being part of Team #EqualPay

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