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Soccer Legend, Equal Pay Advocate Abby Wambach coming to Cincinnati

Soccer legend and equal pay advocate Abby Wambach will be the next speaker for The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s A Conversation With event on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

CINCINNATI (August 5, 2016)—Soccer legend and equal pay advocate Abby Wambach will be the next speaker for The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s A Conversation With event on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. 

Wambach has spoken out against the gender inequality between men and women in professional sports and elsewhere. 


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“We are thrilled Abby is coming to Cincinnati to share what makes her so driven as a fierce competitor and advocate for equal pay for women,” said Meghan Cummings, executive director of The Women’s Fund. “Her long history of fighting for goals on the field and equal treatment off the field makes her a perfect choice for this event. Our purpose to be a voice for ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region, and we admire Abby for using her position as a role model to make the world a more equal place.” 

A Conversation with Abby Wambach will be Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011. Emmy award-winning sports reporter Betsy M. Ross will interview Wambach.  Preceding this event, Wambach will appear at a kids’ soccer expo at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets for both appearances will go on sale later this year. All proceeds benefit The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. 

The Women’s Fund created “A Conversation With... as a signature event in 2012. We invite a female history maker to speak in an intimate setting – where she could share her journey, her triumphs, and her obstacles with our supporters. Previous speakers have included Cokie Roberts, Lisa Ling, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, Phyllis S. Sewell and Marian Spencer. 

More about Abby Wambach  

Abby WambachAbby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Co-Captain of the 2015 FIFA World Cup title U.S. Team, 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and ESPN analyst and contributor. Wambach, long known as one of the most intense competitors in U.S. history whose years of clutch goal scoring made her a fan favorite. During the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she scored the winning goal in a crucial 1-0 victory against Nigeria in the final game of group play. Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, 

Wambach and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a Ticker Tape Parade in New York City. A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, she had been a regular on the U.S. Women's national team from 2001-2015. Wambach retired in 2015 and currently stands as the record holder for the most international goals for men and women. She played at the professional level for Washington Freedom, magicJack, and the Western New York Flash. Wambach played college soccer for the University of Florida, where she was a member of a national university championship team and was recognized as a three-time All-American. 

Always one to embrace her position as a role model, as her athletic accolades grew over the years, Wambach became a leading voice for women’s sports, as well as for her generation of female soccer players and athletes. In 2015, Wambach was named to the 2015 Time Magazine’s The 100 Most Influential People list. In 2016, she received the 2016 ESPY Icon Award. 

About The Women’s Fund 

The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org

About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation 

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.