ChangeMAKERS: Motivation Matters

Now retired from the U.S. women's soccer team, Abby Wambach is turning her attention to the gender wage gap. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Confidence is not a problem for U.S. women's soccer star Abby Wambach; the gender wage gap is. Recently retired, the gold medalist and top international scorer is shifting her focus from heading goals to tackling gender equality, and she's not going to let anything get in her way. In this third ChangeMAKERS installment, Cristen and Caroline talk with Wambach about learning from others, leading a team and the forces that motivate her to change the world.

Stats to Level the Playing Field:

--Before the passage of Title IX, there were fewer than 30,000 female college athletes in the U.S. Today, there are more than 200,000. (American Association of University Women) --On average, women's NCAA teams receive just 40 percent of colleges' sports spending. (Women in Sports Foundation) --1st division women's soccer players make 98.6 percent less than comparable male players. (Politico) --The Women's World Cup payout is $15 million, while the men's World Cup awards $576 million. (Politico) --The 2015 Women's World Cup was played on sub-par artificial turf, which heated up 120 degrees during game play. (PRI)

Learn More About Abby Wambach and Her Work:

--The 2016 MAKERS Conference: Abby Wambach

--After Soccer, Abby Wambach Wants to Tackle Gender Inequality

Learn More About MAKERS:

--MAKERS video collection



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Stuff Mom Never Told You is celebrating Women's History Month by spotlighting passionate, trailblazing ladies making history right now. Each Friday in March, we're releasing an installment of ChangeMAKERS to share the conversations and takeaways Cristen and Caroline gleaned from their trip to the MAKERS conference in February. The world's largest video collection of women's stories, MAKERS is a women's leadership platform that highlights the stories of groundbreaking women today to create the leaders of tomorrow.

Topics in this Podcast: women in the workplace, makers, wage gap, changemakers, women in sports