Another honor for Megan Rapinoe. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
U.S. women’s national team captain Megan Rapinoe has been named to the 2020 TIME 100 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The issue has eight worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, performer The Weeknd, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, COVID-19 frontline nurse Amy O’Sullivan, actor Gabrielle Union and athlete Dwyane Wade, performer Megan Thee Stallion, President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.
Rapinoe, the 2019 FIFA’s Best Women’s player, led the USWNT to the Women’s World Cup crown that year, duplicating its feat from 2015.
“Arms spread wide, confidence radiating from her face, Megan Rapinoe celebrating at the World Cup was one of the defining images of 2019,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) wrote about the midfielder-forward in the magazine. “Rapinoe and her teammates joyfully dominated on their way to a record fourth title, showing the world the best of American ideals: hard work, strength and heart.
“Rapinoe’s impact goes far beyond the pitch. In an era where many demand that athletes ‘stick to sports,’ Rapinoe—a proud feminist and an out gay advocate — refuses to be silenced. In the past year, her activism for gender pay equality, racial justice and LGBTQ rights has become as iconic as her fabulous pink hair. Some critics are threatened by her boldness and power. Millions of her fans around the world—and I count myself one—are inspired.
“Megan Rapinoe fearlessly uses her voice to make the world a more equal place. No matter your politics, ethnicity or gender, that’s something we should all celebrate.”