Guest blog post

Rose Lavelle: Why My Team’s Fight Is Every Woman’s Fight

Culture, Equity, Time’s Up, Pay Up


It’s been a wild year.

My teammates on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and I decided we were fed up with not being valued the same as and being paid less than the men’s team. We knew things had to change. But we had no idea when we did, just how many of you would have our backs.

But when – game after game – we were met with thousands of people chanting “Equal pay! Equal pay!,” it confirmed what we already knew: This fight has always been way bigger than soccer.

It’s about the millions of women being paid unfairly just because of their gender. It’s about rooting out the discrimination that holds women back at work. And it’s about demanding the respect and dignity we deserve – whether that’s on a soccer field, in a restaurant kitchen, or in a corporate board room.

We’re standing at a historic tipping point for making sure all women are paid fairly once and for all. But we absolutely can’t lose the momentum of this once-in-a-generation moment.

Rose Lavelle (center) with her USWNT teammates at an August 2019 TIME'S UP meeting in Philadelphia, bringing together advocates and elected officials committed to closing the pay gap for good. © Devan King/TIME'S UP Foundation

We have a lot of work ahead of us, but TIME’S UP has a road map for how we can help to end the pay gap in our lifetime.

We need to change companies, change our laws, and change our culture so that it becomes absolutely unacceptable to pay people less because of their gender or race, or to hold us back from opportunities because of caregiving responsibilities or any other factor.

Every day, TIME’S UP is doing the work to bring us closer to making this vision a reality. I believe from the bottom of my heart that my team, TIME’S UP, and millions of supporters like you will finally close the pay gap once and for all.

TIME’S UP is pressuring companies to be transparent about their gender and racial pay gaps, and take concrete action to close them.

TIME’S UP is pushing for policies on the state and national level that will address all the factors that fuel the pay gap, like pay transparency.

And most importantly, TIME’S UP is raising the voices of all kinds of women – from soccer players to domestic workers – to make sure that the national conversation about pay equity is too loud to ignore.

It’s going to take all of us chipping in to keep this important work going. Give below to help TIME’S UP close the pay gap for every woman – no matter what she does or where she works.

Thanks for all your support.

Rose Lavelle
US Women’s National Team Player and World Champion