USWNT Stars Mourn Loss Of Women’s Rights Hero RBG, A Noted USWNT Fan

Countless U.S. women’s soccer players took to social media to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In March of 2019, USWNT players celebrated Women’s History Month by wearing the names of inspirational women on their jerseys for a SheBelieves Cup match against England. One of the most prominent names was on Becky Sauerbrunn’s back, three simple letters that mean so much to so many: RBG. A month later, that jersey was being worn by its namesake during her famously tough workouts, cementing her status as a champion for women’s rights.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a heroic figure in ensuring women are treated fairly under U.S. law who later became a more heroic figure as an iconic Supreme Court Justice, died on Friday at 87. USWNT players past and present were quick to honor and celebrate the little woman’s big impact on the lives of every woman in the country. Ginsburg helped make professional women’s soccer possible with her pioneering advocacy throughout her life.

USWNT players have long fought for equality, from the 99ers boycotting a tournament for equal pay to the current squad suing the USSF for equal pay. From Sauerbrunn herself, who received a personal letter from RBG after she had given the Justice her game-worn jersey, to Michelle Akers, arguably the soccer equivalent of RBG when it comes to on-pitch heroics, countless USWNT players weighed in on the icon’s passing. Here are a few, including Megan Rapinoe, Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan, plus some younger WoSo players who haven’t broken into the USWNT ranks.

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Her legacy must never be forgotten. We must carry it on. We will. RIP RBG

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Many more U.S. players posted tributes or retweeted either their teammates’ comments or others on social media, including some men’s players, such as Jozy Altidore. The U.S. lost a giant in women’s rights.

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