Last month, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) — who are the number one women’s soccer team in the world, BTW — picked inspirational women to honor on the backs of their jerseys. Defender Crystal Dunn picked Serena Williams, forward Meghan Rapinoe picked writer Audre Lorde, among others.
Our personal favorite pick? Defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who chose none other than Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“She’s a complete rock star,” Sauerbrunn explained. “Dissenting opinion, battling cancer, and then showing up to vote… what can’t she do? I just think she’s amazing.” (We agree!!)
This heartwarming story gets even better: Sauerbrunn received a letter from the Supreme Court Judge herself! On Friday, April 12, Sauerbrunn tweeted a picture of a letter she received from RBG.
“For the surprise package received today, huge thanks,” RBG wrote to the USWNT player and her team. “I am so proud to be among the women chosen for recognition.”
But wait, there’s more! Ginsburg concludes the letter with a line that soothes our souls: “The jersey will be my favorite for the biweekly workouts that keep me in shape.”
— Becky Sauerbrunn (@beckysauerbrunn) April 12, 2019
That’s right: RBG is going to wear her custom RBG soccer jersey while she works out. After a health scare at the end of last year, we are so happy to hear that Ginsburg is back to her regular workouts.
Of course, RBG isn’t the only famous Jewish mom fan of the team: Last week, Natalie Portman attended a game in LA — alongside actresses Jennifer Garner, Uzo Aduba, Eva Longoria, and Jessica Chastain. They were there in partnership with Time’s Up, supporting the USWNT’s fight for equal pay, which is something we figure RBG — a longtime champion of equal pay for equal work — would undoubtedly support.
(Some context: In March, the entire team sued U.S. Soccer — the organization that controls the USWNT — over institutionalized gender discrimination.)
We’ve got a few late roster additions 🤩 pic.twitter.com/0qUYzonLZF
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) April 8, 2019
All this is to say: USWNT, please make the RBG jersey available for sale! We would purchase it in a heartbeat and wear during our workouts, too.