Pushing the Boundaries of Sport, Gender and Nationalism? An analysis of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

In 1999, a record-breaking crowd in California watched the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) win the FIFA World Cup. Between the team’s suspense-filled victories and the unprecedented, ‘girl next door’ media coverage, the ‘99-ers’ popularity appeared to cement the USWNT as a beloved national icon.  Eileen Narcotta-Welp[1] argues this legacy was constructed through liberal ‘girl power’ discourses that,Continue reading “Pushing the Boundaries of Sport, Gender and Nationalism? An analysis of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team”