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Abby Wambach: ‘You Were Never Little Red Riding Hood, You Were Always The Wolf’

The former soccer star brings her message of women’s empowerment to Houston.

Former soccer star Abby Wambach.


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Last year, former soccer star Abby Wambach delivered the commencement address at Barnard College in New York City.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 FIFA World Cup champion used the opportunity as a rallying cry for women's empowerment. In the speech, she said she wishes she could go back and tell her younger self one thing:

"You were never Little Red Riding Hood, you were always the wolf," she said.

Abby Wambach - Wolfpack BookNow, Wambach has turned that rallying cry into a book: Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game.

In it, she provides a set of new rules for women to follow in order to break away from old notions of leadership that neither include nor serve them.

In the audio above, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about some of those news rules, about the current zeitgeist of women's empowerment, and what men can do to support and empower the women in their lives.

Wambach will discuss the book at a Houston event for Blue Willow Bookshop, Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Hogg Middle School.

Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a 2015 FIFA World Cup champion.
Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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