On May 16th, Abby Wambach, US soccer superstar, gave an inspiring commencement address to the women of Barnard College, encouraging them, and women everywhere, to grasp this moment in time.  We have the opportunity to reshape our world, to grab power and create the society we want for ourselves and our children.  We can and we must provide balance to public discourse.  We can stand up and say, “Give me the effing ball!” as Abby so eloquently put it.

The whole speech runs about 25 minutes and is worth every second of your time, I promise!  If you can’t spare 25 minutes, at least please give her until minute 10 to make you cry and cheer.

Abby Wambach at Barnard College 2018

If you have no time at all, I have condensed the message for you:

Most of us were taught to keep our head down, clutch our basket to our breast and keep our mouths shut.  Guess what.


The amazing story she tells of the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park comes from this, also worth watching:

The Reintroduction of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park