Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm Talk "Leveling the Playing Field" at Cannes
Team MAKERS sat down on Monday with MAKERS Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm at The Girls' Lounge at Cannes in France to discuss gender equality (or inequality) in both professional soccer and in the world today.
After the U.S. women's national soccer team filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, the conversation grew increasingly intense about wage-discrimination across the country, both on and off the field. According to ESPN, the USSF's 2015 financial report shows that "despite the women's team generating nearly $20 million more revenue last year than the U.S. men's team, the women are paid about a quarter of what the men earn."
But, even though judges ruled that they have "no right to strike" through 2016, Wambach and Hamm, among other players, are continuing the fight.
Check out some of the live coverage of the event on Twitter:
"Most of what I watched growing up for team sports were men. So next thing you know, my role models were my teammates." -@MiaHamm— The Girls' Lounge (@TheGirlsLounge) June 20, 2016
"You have to find your own path. It's not easy, it's scary. You're blazing your own path." - @AbbyWambach on encouraging young girls.— The Girls' Lounge (@TheGirlsLounge) June 20, 2016
"We swore to never use the word 'don't'.Especially for young girls.I want to encourage them to do" @MiaHamm on encouraging girls.— The Girls' Lounge (@TheGirlsLounge) June 20, 2016
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Don Emmert