Hope Solo Parlays Inspiration In Girls Leadership Summit

By Jay Skebba
The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) At the fourth annual “Be the Force” Girls Leadership Summit, soccer star Hope Solo emphasized the importance of perseverance after sharing she was cut from the 1999 and 2003 World Cup squads and the 2000 Olympic team.  She also touched upon dealing with bullies as a girl and struggling with self-confidence issues. 


Goalkeeper Hope Solo helped the United States Women’s National Soccer Team win a FIFA World Cup and two Olympic gold medals during her 16-year career in net, but her salary never matched her male counterparts’.

Equal pay was one of several topics Ms. Solo touched on Sunday at the fourth annual Be the Force Girls Leadership Summit at the Stranahan Theater. Ms. Solo filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation last August, about six months before more than 20 current players filed their own.

“[Men’s goalie] Tim Howard played eight games a year; I would play 24,” Ms. Solo said. “He got paid $10,000 more than me. I had to win a World Cup and a gold medal and play three times as much just to make $10,000 less than him.

“U.S. Soccer probably wants to settle at some point, but this is not about us. It’s about setting a road map for future generations.”

Ms. Solo said although the men sell more tickets than the women, the women’s team brings in more money when advertising and marketing dollars are factored in. The USWNT also scores higher television ratings.

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