America as a nation is a women football hub with a number of records and numerous legendary names in the women game coming from ‘the land of opportunities’.
Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Julie Foudy are all names that sprout from a nation that welcomed the beautiful game as early as 1950, and have far reaching achievements than their male compatriots.
From winning four Olympic championships to defending the Women World Cup, and winning the coveted title a record four times, USA remains a desired destination to every young girl with a scorching ambition in football.
The very attracting facts though do not mean all is rosy for the Stars and Stripes.
Just last year, a number of both retired and active players were publicly involved in a row with the US Football Federation and then president Donald trump, citing his deliberate isolation of women football players.
The concerns were geared towards lobbying for the minority gender groups who make up a big chunk of the national team.
Unlike Barack Obama’s regime which always welcomed the players to the White House on any achievement, Trump’s government didn’t subscribe to that even after the USWNT won the 2019 World Cup.
This bled a seed of disunity between the players and their federation. But there could be a way forward following the election of Democrat Joe Biden.
Key to Biden’s administration regards women football in the USA and perhaps worldwide is the promise of more funding to the USWNT and women football at large. Reconciliation is another score that comes with Biden’s presidency.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that captain Meghan Rapinoe with other players teamed up and dragged the federation to court over unequal pay and lack of equality as compared to the men’s national team.
The case was later dismissed of course with the president Trump in total support over the ruling.
Joe Biden then, a mere presidential candidate showed his moral support as he tweeted his burning desire to see that the ladies’ effort is reciprocated in welfare.
“Equal pay, now, or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding,” Biden tweeted in May 2020.
Now that he is president, chances are high the equal-pay case initially dismissed can be overturned and women get equally appreciated.
This can be a wave adopted by more women footballing nations in the entire world, Africa inclusive.
Lastly, Vice President Kamala Harris has a history of women rights activism, which is highly lacking in the women’s game.