On Sunday, the U.S. women's soccer team won its third World Cup title, setting the record for the most Women's World Cup finals won by a country. That wasn't the only record they set, though — Carli Lloyd scored the quickest goal in the tournament's history, making a shot against Japan in the first three minutes, and became the first player to score three total goals in a final game. These athletes' monumental win was also a feminist victory, as it helped prove that women's sports are worth watching and are just as exciting as men's sports. Women and girls across America celebrated the team's success Sunday night, and some powerful women's reactions to the World Cup win show how they were inspired by team U.S.A.'s girl power.
The U.S. women's soccer team is full of strong, talented women who are extremely dedicated to the sport. Their continued success proves that girls can dominate in sports and that running like a girl is a good thing. Whether you're an athlete or not, watching female athletes crush it on the field makes you feel like women can do anything. (It's also a reminder that you haven't worked out in six months, but that's beside the point.) America's female soccer players continue to succeed in a male-dominated industry and make room for women in sports.
Here are ten powerful women's reactions to America's World Cup win, because even they were inspired by team U.S.A.'s awesomeness.
Hillary Clinton hopes to make history herself in 2016, so this feminist victory helped prove her point that women are capable of anything men are.
Ellen DeGeneres clearly isn't a big sports fan, but by "we're the champions," I think she means America and women.
Fergie may have only been interested in the Chanel megaphone, but I bet she felt empowered watching the U.S. women's soccer team's impressive performance too.
Katie Couric was especially excited that so many fellow University of Virginia alumni were on the winning team.
As a fellow athlete, Missy Franklin understands how much hard work went into the team's victory and the meaning behind "One Nation. One Team."
The U.S. women's team fought like a girl and won like a girl.
Just like her mom, Chelsea Clinton was very happy about the U.S. victory.
Melinda Gates agrees that the Americans played an incredible game.
The First Lady is kind of required to be patriotic, but she seems especially excited about the women's soccer win.
Michelle Kwan knew that the victory would inspire young female athletes across the country to follow their dreams.