Soccer star Kristine Lilly to speak at Title IX event

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Kristine Lilly

Kristine Lilly

Kristine Lilly, one of the most decorated and accomplished female soccer players in the world, will speak on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 6 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

Her talk, “Powerhouse,” is part of the College’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs that receive federal support.

Retiring in 2011 as the all-time appearance leader in international competition and with both Olympic gold medals and a world championship, Lilly has gone on to discuss the struggle for equality in women’s soccer from 1970 to the present.

Lilly is second on the all-time goals scored list for the U.S. team with 130. She is the only woman to play in five FIFA Women’s World Cup competitions. In Olympic competition, she earned gold medals in 1996 and 2004, and silver in 2000.

She is the author of a book, “Powerhouse: Teamwork Tactics that Build Unrivaled Success.”

Earlier this year, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team reached a proposed settlement in a class action equal pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The settlement called for $22 million in back pay to players and a $2 million fund to support players’ post-career goals and charitable efforts.

The talk is sponsored by the Office of Title IX, the Department of Athletics, College Relations and the Williams Legacy Foundation through a gift by Kelly Williams ’86 and her husband, Andrew Forsyth.