The USA Womens’ soccer team is one of, if not the greatest sports team of our nation. Not only do they excel on the field, but their fight towards pay equity is well documented. They are a beacon of people who fight for equality day in and day out. Two of the members of this team are stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris. They not only play soccer together, but they live life together as a cute couple. With photos taken by Norman Jean Roy, Ali and Ashlyn talk about their relationship and their fight for equality in the pages of Allure.
Team Over Relationship
“The team comes first. We actually don’t [often] stay in the same room [on the road]. If we are in the same room, we’re in separate beds because sleep is a huge part of our recovery. I think that’s the hardest part. We don’t get really good time together. We have to make time even though we see each other all the time. It’s tricky.”
Pay Equity for Women
“At the end of the day, we play a game. What really moves a lot of us is changing the conversation, the culture. You’re playing for more than the popularity of your sport. You’re playing to impact people’s lives across all industries. We’re trying to empower people to feel strong enough to stand for something that is important to them. And right now, for us, that is pay equity. We get on the field and do a job. And do it really well. And thrive under that type of pressure, and can be super calm in it. But after the 90 minutes, we’re back to fighting [for pay equity] again. We do the fighting on the field. And we’re very successful, which helps our cause even more.”
The Lack of Female Role Models in Sports
“It’s all about visibility and what you see. We saw Michael Jordan. We saw Tony Hawk. We saw Shaquille O’Neal. Penny Hardaway. What was visible to me is what I envisioned I could become, never anything related to a female. I know that what I’ve strived to do from the beginning is to create a safe place where people feel a part of something. It’s my duty, I think, to appreciate the fans and to keep making them want to come back. We need them to love the sport and to continue to show up for us, because it’s only going to help the game grow.”
“Originally, we just wanted to have a private ceremony. We were like, ‘Let’s save our money and worry about our future kids’ education.’ And it ended up being like, ‘Listen, let’s share our love with the world. We can make this [wedding] an event for our community.’ Sometimes I did feel like, ‘What are we doing?’ But no, we’re saving people’s lives [with our visibility], and that’s what matters most. We can put our privacy aside for a moment and just be like, ‘This is worth it.’ ”