NEW YORK: Amid confetti and chants of “equal pay,” New York honoured the U.S. women’s soccer team on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade up the “Canyon of Heroes,” celebrating its World Cup triumph and hailing the players’ emergence as icons of women’s rights.The squad’s 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final match on Sunday capped a World Cup campaign that attracted vast television audiences, reflecting the popularity of a U.S. soccer team that has dominated international competition, winning a record fourth title.A party atmosphere filled lower Manhattan as marching bands and women on motorcycles escorted floats carrying the players, coaches and staff up Broadway to a City Hall rally along a route dubbed “the Canyon of Heroes.”But the parade in New York’s financial district was more than a tribute to a championship team, which has been involved in a well-publicized fight for equal pay with the U.S. men’s national team. The cause has endeared the players to those who support demands by women in general for pay equality.”This is how I want my daughters to see what women can do and what women should be,” said Gabrielle Blecher, 49, of Brooklyn, a mother of daughters aged 11 and 13, who… Read full this story
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