The ESPY icon trophy is behind her glistening on a shelf set up for video call backdrops. It’s additional proof Abby Wambach is a big-name presence, a household name with the U.S. women's national soccer team record for international goals. There are two World Cup titles. An Olympic gold medal. All said it's a career worthy of the trophy.
Wambach walked onto the stage that July with fellow 2016 honorees Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant feeling like the world was finally acknowledging women. Women had finally made it. But then she looked to the men and her mind shifted.
“It was the most sobering reality check of my life,” Wambach told Yahoo Sports. “It was like I got slapped in the face with the inequity. Their biggest concern was where they were going to invest their hundreds of millions of dollars that they rightfully earned. And mine was how I was going to recreate myself to pay my mortgage. How could we have such vastly different experiences?”
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