Alyssa Naeher --> Robin Roberts: "I picked Robin because she spoke at a basketball camp I was at when I
was probably 13 or 14, me and my sister were there – we were the only
girls in camp – and she made an impact on me. We used to watch her on
SportsCenter every morning with Stuart Scott, so we were excited to
hear what she had to say. Since then, going through her whole story,
she’s battled cancer and started the ‘make your mess’ message. I watch
GMA every morning. It’s part of my routine."
Kelley O'Hara --> Heather O'Reilly (HAO): "My Irish soul sister! I always looked up to her even before I knew her
as a person. Once I became teammates with her, she just embodies
everything that I think makes the perfect teammate and friend. She’s
also always looking out for the greater good of the group, has a
positive outlook and you look to her to bring everybody along and
follow their lead."
Christen Press --> Sojourner Truth
: "Sojourner Truth is the original intersectional activist – advocating
for people who have layers of oppression being black and female. She is
the ultimate hero for us today, centuries later, as we grapple with the
same problems and try to better our world regarding these complex
Mallory Pugh --> Beyoncé: "She’s a badass. She’s confident and is just a good role model for women
in general because she represents something that is so much bigger than
herself. She’s inspiring in her industry and all over the world. She is
a person who allows and shows women that they can be who they are and
Megan Rapinoe --> Audre Lorde
: "Audre Lorde was unapologetically herself. She so beautifully and
powerfully expressed all parts of herself and her experiences at once.
She was a woman, a lesbian, a feminist, a person of color, a civil
right activist and a poet. She understood so clearly that change does
not come from playing by the existing set of rules.
“Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society's definition
of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles
of difference – those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are
Black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It
is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For
the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may
allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never
enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only
threatening to those women who still define the master's house as their
only source of support.” – Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde (Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
"I hope that wearing her name on the back of my jersey will encourage
more people, myself included, to learn about her as a person, engage
with her writing, and appreciate how influential one person can be."
Becky Sauerbrunn --> Ruth Bader Ginsburg
: "The Notorious RBG. She’s a complete rock star. Dissenting opinion,
battling cancer and then showing up to vote… what can’t she do? I just
think she’s amazing."
Casey Short --> Katie Sowers
: "I chose Katie Sowers because first and foremost, she’s amazing. She’s a
coach in the NFL and leading the way and showing girls and women that
you can do this too and I think that’s incredible. And I also know her
personally and I think she’s a wonderful human and very inspiring."
Katie Sowers and Casey Short
Emily Sonnett --> Tina Fey
: "Tina Fey... she is a cooool woman. She’s a UVA alum. I took a couple of
drama classes in college and they would always talk about her. She’s
done so many great things, SNL obviously, and everyone is obsessed with
Mean Girls. She’s incredible and her style of comedy is amazing. She’s
really involved with women’s rights and her approach to those issues is
probably what I really enjoy about her."
Andi Sullivan --> Jessica Mendoza
: "I picked Jess Mendoza because I really admire her breaking boundaries
in sports. When I was in school, I got to hear her speak about
persevering through challenges and people doubting her and I think that
was really helpful for me to help me believe in myself."
McCall Zerboni --> Mother Teresa
: "I picked Mother Teresa because she is the ultimate definition of
selfless love and serving for others without getting anything in return."