Our mission at History Hero BLAST is to highlight the contributions of people who do good by doing well. We’re especially big fans of those who make a positive difference through the sheer force of their convictions. That’s why today’s #HistoryHero is the great and powerful — and wonderfully authentic — Megan Rapinoe.
Megan is co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, which won the FIFA World Cup for the 4th, and 2nd straight, time just three days ago. Megan was the 2019 tournament’s leading goal scorer, her shock of lavendar hair making her instantly recognizable worldwide to the more than 1 Billion viewers of the remarkable United States Women’s National Team contest.
She took home the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball and was FIFA’s official Player of the Match in Lyon, France. But that’s not the reason why she’s our hero.
We honor her because she performed so successfully under immense pressure, having called out the un-indicted criminal co-conspirator currently occupying the White House before victory was hers to leverage. With the intense media spotlight bearing down on her, and with all those who oppose her outspokenness braying and heckling, Megan still delivered.
An advocate of LBGTQ+ rights and a champion for underpaid women athletes who #DareToShine and have proven themselves worthy of earning equal to their male counterparts, Megan stands up for what she believes. This includes rejecting outright – with full support of her teammates – the customary invitation to meet a president who everyday defiles democratic values and institutions.
You might not think that someone whose sole focus, since her pre-teen years, has been to make it on the pitch would be so willing to make a difference off the pitch as well. But when a sold-out stadium of Fifa Women’s World Cup fans chanted “Equal Pay! Equal Pay!” as the US wrestled the 2019 tournament victory from the Netherlands, the world heard, and saw, the impact Megan and her comrades have made — one that will echo far beyond the playing field for generations.
Bravo Megan! Bravo USWNT!