Gwendolyn Oxenham

former professional soccer player, and author of “Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer"

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The U.S. women’s soccer team celebrated their World Cup victory with a parade in New York,. Thousands of fans lined the streets to congratulate the two-time world champions.

Will women soccer players finally earn the same pay as men?

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