Laurie Hernandez is beyond proud of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team for using their big win to shine light on equal pay! Now, she tells HollywoodLife that she wants to keep the conversation going, and it’s time to ‘hold people accountable.’
Laurie Hernandez is wise beyond her years. The 19-year-old olympic gymnast believes the conversation about equal pay “definitely needs to happen,” she told HollywoodLife at the Nickelodean Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles on July 11. And, Laurie commended the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team for using their World Cup winning platform to push for change.
“I mean, the fact that they were able to take a stand and have something as big as winning, and you use that as a platform to speak out about something that you are passionate about like equal pay, I agree with it 100%,” she said. “I think being able to have a voice and have a platform — part of that responsibility is using it and that is exactly what the women’s soccer team did!”
Now, Laurie says it’s time for everyone to build on that platform the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team created. “Let’s keep that conversation going,” Laurie proclaimed. “Let’s hold people accountable and just make sure that you let people speak and hear you!”
The U.S. women’s soccer team, with Megan Rapinoe at the center, celebrating at City Hall after a parade, celebrating their World Cup win in New York on July 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)
The U.S. Women’s Soccer team took home their 4th World Cup win on July 7 when they dominated the Netherlands in the Final winning 2-0. The team celebrated with a champagne-filled, homecoming ticker tape parade in New York City on July 10, where Mayor Bill de Blasio gave each team member a symbolic key to the City.
During the parade, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team took the opportunity to shine light on equal pay, seeing as the prize money for the 2019 Women’s World Cup was $30 million, compared to the men’s 2018 World Cup prize, which was a whopping $400 million, according to the New York Times. Chants of “equal pay” roared through the streets of New York City, all the way up the “Canyon of Heroes” to the steps of City Hall, where Megan Rapinoe took the mic for a powerful speech that challenged everyone to be better and do better.
“This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better,” Megan said. “We have to love more. Hate less. We got to listen more and talk less. We got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility. Every single person here. Every single person’s who’s not here. Every single person who doesn’t want to be here. Every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place,” she went on.