2018 International Women's Day. Women are embracing their strength more than ever. We are overcoming obstacles, pushing forward and pressing for progress and equality in so many ways.
We launched our International Women's Day T-shirt in celebration of all of the brave women who have and are currently paving the way for women both on and off the field. Here's to the women who remind every single one of you that you, as unique as you are, bring something to the table regardless of your gender, race, nationality or religion.
Through sport, these incredible women below have inspired us to motivate and unite communities all around the world to stand for gender equality. They help remind us that we are unapologetically strong, fearless and ready to #PressForProgress. Together, "We Can Do It".
The 99er's US Women's National Soccer Team
It is argued that the USWNT winning the 1999 Women's World Cup over China is the biggest moment in the history of American Women's sports to date. This photo is of Brandi Chastain, who just scored the deciding penalty kick, is the single most reproduced image of the celebration. This win catapulted women's soccer into the national consciousness.
Brandi Chastain - “I think, mostly, young girls demur when they do something great,” “They don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or apologize for their greatness. I feel that picture represents somebody who was in love with what they were doing and joyful at the outcome. We must as women and girls celebrate the good things that we do because if we can’t feel good about the good things we do, nobody else can.”
Present Day US Women's National Soccer Team
"Equal Pay, Equal Play"- Players on the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team are fighting the U.S. Soccer Federation over wages and treatment they say are not in proportion with the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team.
Carli Lloyd [Captain of the USWNT]: "This is history-making, what we’re doing, what we’re fighting for. It not only resonates with this team and with generations to come but it’s global as well."
Midfielder for U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and LGBT Activist
"Life is less about people having to know about your sexuality than standing up for what's right and fighting for equality"
“As I got more into gay rights, I got more into equal pay and you just see that it’s all connected. You can’t really speak out on one thing and not another without it not being the full picture. We need to talk about a larger conversation in this country about equality in general and respect – especially with the recent election and subsequent narrative that’s coming from the White House right now.”
The first professional Figure Skater to compete internationally wearing a headscarf
“Being able to show girls around the world that this major company is [making] a hijab, and is supporting Muslim athletes—that alone can encourage people to do whatever sport they want,”
“On social media, I get so many messages from girls and their mothers saying that because of me, they feel confident to try a sport, too,” she says. “That’s the work I really want to do. Skating is very important to me, but it’s not just about skating anymore—it’s about the message I want to send out to people all over the world.”
American Professional Tennis Player, Nike Athlete and No. 1 in Singles from 2002-2017
"I’ve never been the right kind of woman. Over-sized and over-confident. Too mean if I don’t smile. Too black for my tennis whites. Too motivated for motherhood. But I’m proving time and time again that there’s no wrong way to be a woman."
Canada’s first Olympic women’s wrestling champion
“Throughout my career I have experienced some people who make comments about how women shouldn’t wrestle. Those comments were more like fuel. When I heard those kinds of doubts or those kinds of negative comments, it made me want to do better, to train harder, to show people that women belong in this sport and that we can be really great at it"
American Olympic rower, member of the International Olympic Committee, and twice Vice-President of International Rowing Federation
Olympic medallist and the first female Vice-President of the IOC, provided the opening remarks at the time for the Olympics:
“I’m excited to be here today with these amazing athletes who are continuing to push the boundaries of what it means to be a woman in sport and to join in this important discussion at a moment when the world seems so poised for change. Just like P&G, the IOC is committed to raising awareness of the importance of gender equality on and off the field of play. From governance to human resources, to funding, sport and portrayal, the IOC is focusing on achieving tangible results to strengthen gender equality across the entire Olympic Movement. Therefore I feel confident that we’ll reach our goals of further advancing equality both on and off the field of play.”