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Hope Solo stars in powerful Gender Discrimination ad

January 17, 2020 By Juan Aguerrevere
Hope Solo and the United Nations Development Programme have partnered and released an Instagram video called “where girls play dads” to empower women by fighting for gender equality.

Solo paid a visit to its official partner Tudela Futbol Club Los Angeles and filmed the video with the help of girls from the academy and their dads. The ad is filled with indoor football action, smiles and a powerful message to the young girls in that video and all around the globe.

"When we empower women to take control of their lives, their finances and their futures, entire families, communities and nations benefit from the domino effect," Solo said to end the video. "It's going to take men and women to make it happen."

The ex-USWNT goalkeeper begins her message by bringing up the Millennium Development Goals, a commitment founded by the United Nations in 2014. In this commitment, world leaders made a plan to stop hunger and poverty, combat viral diseases, improve mental health, ensure environmental sustainability, achieve universal primary education, reduce child mortality, and promote gender equality and empower women by the year 2030. Well, we're five years into this venture and not many things have changed since.

"One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, 750 million girls were married before their 18th birthday and women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn for the same work," Solo addressed during her speech.

 
 
 
 
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It's time we ALL join the fight for gender equality. Watch this video all the way through to activate a $1 donation. Up to $10,000 will go to @BeyondSport and @LiveNation. ⁣ ⁣ Learn more about the #GlobalGoals: @UNDP⁣ ⁣ Sustainable Partners⁣ #TimeforChange⁣ #SDGVideos⁣ ⁣ (And much love to the coaches, players and dads at Tudela Futbol Club Los Angeles (@tudelafcla) for your participation and commitment to gender equality in our beautiful game.)

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Just a day ago, Solo revisited her past and shared it with the public via another Instagram post. The NWSL College Draft reminded her of the first home she rented on her $25,000 professional contract as a 1st round draft pick in 2003.

 
 
 
 
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With the #NWSLDraft happening today I couldn't resist a #tbt. Here's the first home I could rent on my $25K pro salary as a 1st round draft pick in 2003. How much has changed?!

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A lot has changed since then. The National Women's Soccer League has been pushing for higher salary caps, longer and guaranteed contracts, and giving the players incentives that men usually get. On the other side of the planet, the Matildas and the Socceroos will receive equal pay after a historic equal pay deal was signed. And most recently, the Women's National Basketball Association raised base salary to $130,000 with additional bonuses.

The wheel is and will keep turning for women in the sport.


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