Dunn Is Crystal Clear When It Comes To Gender Equality
Crystal Dunn of the U.S women’s national soccer team has been called one of the most versatile players in the world. While In college, she was named both offensive and defensive player of the year. Yet she stands out on the pitch for another reason: she is an African-American player in a sport that has very few of them.
“As a black woman I always felt growing up I had to do above and beyond stuff to get noticed, to feel like I could hang with everybody else.” Dunn toldThe Guardian. “I tried to implement so many different things in my game so that I’m not just known for my speed.”
Dunn used that speed and versatility to be an integral part of the USWNT and help the U.S. win the 2018 World Cup. Dunn, along with several of her teammates, are using their platform to help achieve gender equality in this country.
“It’s really important for women to feel like, ‘I have a voice and I’m not going to remain silent just because I don’t want to ruffle feathers.’ It goes beyond soccer players,” Dunn toldCupOfJo.com. “It goes to any female in society who’s feeling like, ‘Oh, for a long time I’ve kept my mouth shut. I go to work, and if I feel under appreciated, I just bite the bullet and move onto the next day.’ We’re in a new era now where women are no longer happy with that arrangement.”
Dunn realizes that she’s a role model for young girls everywhere who are watching her every move, both in soccer and society.
“I was on a flight from England while playing for Chelsea last season and a girl from Kenya walked up to me and said, ‘I just want to say you give me so much hope. You have really opened my eyes to a new world where it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you are from you can play this sport.’”
To Dunn, that moment was worthy of a gold medal.