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Smart Take | US Women’s Soccer Team Can Claim Victory for Maternity Rights

August 8, 20232:03

As the US women’s soccer team exits the World Cup this week, it leaves behind an impressive track record of fighting for women’s maternity rights and equal pay. Sarah Barnes, Director of the Maternal Health Initiative, discusses what the US team achieved for women, how the players’ associations in Argentina and Spain contributed, and why the number of mothers is increasing amongst world-class soccer players.


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Sarah B. Barnes

Director, Maternal Health Initiative
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Maternal Health Initiative

Life and health are the most basic human rights, yet disparities between and within countries continue to grow. No single solution or institution can address the variety of health concerns the world faces. By leveraging, building on, and coordinating the Wilson Center’s strong regional and cross-cutting programming, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) promotes dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers.  Read more