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The U.S. women’s national soccer team just won the World Cup–for the fourth time. And the internet wants to know, is it OK for them to celebrate now?
Co-captain Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored the goals it took to beat the Netherlands 2-0. Rapinoe was also awarded the Golden Boot and Golden Ball, given to the player who scored the most goals and was the best player of the tournament, respectively.
On Twitter, people are now declaring Rapinoe the president.
“I’m glad the president of France is there so that our new president Megan Rapinoe can begin diplomatic relations immediately,” Robyn Hammontree wrote.
I’m glad the president of France is there so that our new president Megan Rapinoe can begin diplomatic relations immediately.— Robyn Hammontree (@Hammontreers) July 7, 2019
Me, the last 6 months: TOO MANY PEOPLE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT— Dara Lind (@DLind) July 7, 2019
Me, today: WAIT IF MEGAN RAPINOE TURNED 34 THIS WEEK SHE’LL BE 35 AS OF NOVEMBER 2020
Lol jokes on Megan Rapinoe cause she actually has to go to the White House cause now she’s our president— Jonah Hermann (@JonahHermann) July 7, 2019
Oh, and we all have to dye our hair purple now.
“I think legally we all have to dye our hair purple after that Rapinoe goal,” Hannah Stuart wrote.
CHANGE THE US COLORS TO WHATEVER COLORS RAPINOE'S HAIR IS— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) July 7, 2019
I think legally we all have to dye our hair purple after that Rapinoe goal— Hannah Stuart (@HockeywthHannah) July 7, 2019
The women were first criticized for “celebrating too hard” after winning 13-0 against Thailand and celebrating each and every one of those goals. Then, another star on the team, Alex Morgan, was criticized for being “disrespectful” when she pretended to sip tea upon scoring what would become the winning goal of the game against England.
“I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports, to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate, but not too much or in a limited fashion,” Morgan said at a press conference on Friday.
It’s also no secret that Rapinoe and President Donald Trump were feuding throughout the tournament. Rapinoe is definitely not going to the White House, she announced–twice.
“Megan should WIN before she TALKS,” Trump wrote on Twitter in response at the time.
donald trump: "megan should WIN first before she TALKS! finish the job!"— bru (@madsleine) July 7, 2019
megan rapinoe: HOLD MY BEER pic.twitter.com/tsE2T6mDyT
Despite it all, the women came out victorious but are still facing hurdles when it comes to equal pay in the workplace. Even though the U.S. women’s games generate more revenue and many believe they are much better, the women only make about 38 cents to the dollar made by their male counterparts.
Upon winning, the stadium broke out into a chant for equal pay. Hopefully, the U.S. Soccer Federation will hear those chants loud and clear.
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Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.