Abby Dahlkemper’s Message to Girls: You Are Worth It

Professional women’s soccer player Abby Dahlkemper has become a role model for many girls and young women across the country.

The U.S. Women’s Soccer team’s efforts to bring the focus back to equal pay for men and women reinvigorated a conversation about financial inequality in the workplace. Pay inequality is more evident than ever in professional soccer. FIFA offered the 2018 men’s tournament $400 million in prize money. The 2019 women’s team was awarded $30 million, ESPN reported.

Abby Dahlkemper #7 of Unites States as she warms up at the start of the International Friendly match the U.S. Women's National Team
Abby Dahlkemper #7 of Unites States as she warms up at the start of the International Friendly match the U.S. Women’s National Team | Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Overall, women continue to earn $0.79 for every dollar an equivalent man makes, according to a 2019 Payscale study. However, the gap seems to narrow-based on the profession. Men and women with the same job and qualifications are split by two cents.

Dahlkemper says she’s honored to be part of the movement

Although the movement for equal pay is still making strides, Dahlkemper told Showbiz Cheat Sheet she’s just honored to be part of it. “I think that through our actions and hopefully through our play, we’re able to inspire people to push for equal pay,” she says. “And I think that it’s such an honor, but humbling to be able to be a part of such a strong, powerful positive impact on the world.”

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“And I think the World Cup run really helped us and catch people’s eyes so obviously we’re hoping for equal pay and we’ll see how that goes,” she continues.

She adds that being part of the women’s team is a special experience. “I think that everyone on a team brings a different dynamic. And I think that’s what makes the team so special. We have so many amazing players who are competitive not only for themselves but for the team and other players too.”

Soccer has been in her blood since she was young

The passion Dahlkemper cites from her teammates definitely comes from within her too. Her parents put her in soccer the minute she was able to play. “I was always really active. And I have an older brother, a younger brother, but I always played outside with the boys,” she says.

“I was a big-time tomboy,” she adds. “So my parents put me in soccer when you could start. And ever since then, it’s always stuck as being a passion of mine.” She also explored all the positions on the field before rooting herself as a defender.

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She also has a message for young players. “Don’t be afraid to fail. I think it’s how you respond to failure or coming up short of your goals or whatnot. But I think just not being scared and it’s kind of how you respond to that failure, which I really have discovered.”

She also revealed she struggles with cystic acne

“Throughout my whole life, I suffered from hormonal cystic acne,” she shared. “It’s always just been kind of a struggle to deal with that and find certain products that work for me or a regimen that works for me.”

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But when she learned about a new skincare protocol through Massage Envy, she jumped at the chance to achieve clear skin. She said Massage Envy’s new Acne Facial Series has helped her achieve her best skin. What makes the program different is the esthetician who works with you really cares and the approach is personalized to each customer, she shared.

She did six sessions over about six weeks. “But I think just having an esthetician who genuinely was so caring about my personal needs and what my face specifically needed [was really helpful].” She also praised the wide variety of brands Massage Envy carries, such as Proactiv, which she says helped with her acne.