Why Megan Rapinoe is a badass footballer
In case you didn’t know who Rapinoe is; she’s an American professional soccer player who captains Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Find out why we’re obsessed with Rapinoe.
She fights for equality
After winning the world cup, Rapinoe and a few of her teammates filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation demanding that they should be paid the same as the men’s team for international games. Rapinoe is also against discrimination in all forms and said during an interview that, “We’ve got pink hair and purple hair. We’ve got tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve got white girls and black girls and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls”
She is an activist
Rapinoe is very verbal when she talks about women’s rights and LGBTQ issues. She is also making an effort to normalise gay relationships in sports with partner Sue Bird, an American-Israeli pro basketball player. Also, to show solidarity for Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in 2016, Rapinoe was always seen down on one knee during the national anthem at games, including an international match against Holland.
She doesn’t like Trump and isn’t afraid to show it.
Before winning the world cup, Rapinoe said in an interview that she would not visit “the f*****g White House” if her team won. Trump replied by tweeting: “I am a big fan of the American Team and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”. And then a few hours after the final whistle, Trump proceeded to congratulate them. Rapinoe responded by saying “Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people that look like me, you’re excluding people of colour, you’re excluding Americans that maybe support you.” She added that she’d tell him: “You need to do better for everyone.”
She isn’t afraid to pull off bold hairstyles
Kicking and juggling the ball with fuchsia pink hairstyle? #justwow
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