WORCESTER – WPI Athletics, the Women's Impact Network and the Office of Talent and Inclusion will be welcoming three-time Olympian and World Cup Champion, Kristine Lilly to campus on Wednesday, March 20th at 5pm in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum. She will be joined by UMass Lowell Associate Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Gerson. Together they will be giving a presentation about the US Soccer Women's National Team's Fight for Gender Equity.
The presentation, An Oral History of the US Soccer Women's Fight for Gender Equity, 1970 – Present examines the vital role played by the U.S. Women's Soccer team in fighting for and attaining gender equity in sport, both in the U.S. and abroad. Interviews with former players and the US Soccer Federation officials who resisted and later aided their efforts, attorneys and agents who represented them, corporate sponsors who adopted their cause, college and US team coaches who supported them, and journalists who told their story, traces a narrative arc that showcases the on and off the field triumphs of a remarkable group of women, athletes and advocates. Lilly, the most "capped" player in soccer history, male or female, with 354 appearances for the US in international games, will offer commentary on the presentation.
It will be the first time the presentation has been delivered since the U.S. Women's Soccer team filed a lawsuit regarding the matter on International Women's Day (March 8).