Olympic soccer star Abby Wambach on empowering women to take risks

After her 2018 commencement speech went viral, Wambach is out with a new memoir, "Wolfpack."
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Back here on "Gma," you know our next guest as a world cup and olympic champion, activist, "New York Times" best-selling author, and she has written a new book called "Wolfpack." It's about encouraging women to unleash their power. Please welcome Abby Wambach. Good to see you. Look at this. Ain't no little red. Ain't no little red. Henry, did you get her kicks? Those will hurt you. I know. Nicely done there. Thank you. So good to see you. This all started. It's a brilliant, beautiful, powerful little book. It started with your commencement address last year, and it went wildly viral and I want to play a little bit of it. Here it is. Demd seats for women, people of color and marginalized people. Call out each other's wins. Claim the success of one woman as the collective success for all women. Thank you. Thank you for that. Thank you for that. Were you surprised by the reaction? I mean, look. I feel like especially last may, we live in a political climate with a lot of issues, a climate with actual issues, you know, we have to start creating solutions to these problems, and this was, like, my attempt, and the beautiful thing is, like, that speech got turned into, like, this beautiful book that I'm so proud of, and, you know, my team and my publishers, I just -- I so excited the world gets to see it now. I am too. It's eight basic rules and the central theme here is for women not to be little red riding hood, but to be the wolf. Yes. Tell us what you mean by that. Flipping the fairy tale on its head. Little girls and boys are given messages when we're young and growing up of what it means to be a girl and a boy, and little red riding hood is one of those very common fairy tales we all hear, and for me, the most success that I have ever gotten is only when I venture off the path and took risks. So for me if I could tell my younger self anything, it would be, Abby, you were never little riding hood. You were always the wolf. I have to be honest with you. There was one that I was, like, huh, and I want you to explain this. You said, gratefulness can hold back women. Yeah. What do you mean by that? I found myself on stage with kobe Bryant and Peyton manning. It was a beautiful moment and they were giving us this icon award and I felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude, and when we turned to walk off stage, I realized we were walking into very different retirements and anger started to bubble up towards the top because the only emotion that women oftentimes are allowed to feel is this idea of gratitude. So I try to tell women, you know, you can be grateful. Both things can be true at the same time. You can be grateful and also demand what you want. So for me, that moment kind of led me down the path of figuring out what it was I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It's fight for equality, and not just in my sport, but for women everywhere in every industry. This book is not just -- It's not just for women, this book. Men as well. Yeah. I make a point at the beginning of the book -- it's the note to the reader. It's one of the most important parts of this book and it's an invitation for men to be apart of this process and to be apart of this book. Women for centuries have had to find themselves inside the work that has been written by men, and what better way to teach your daughters, to teach your sons about what it means to be a woman, than by reading content that's been created for women by women and also this is an invitation for men to step into understanding what women have been going through for time memorial. Got a fan club here. You have a cheering section back there or what? My wife is back there, and her -- my team. They are cheering you on back there. But talk about -- talk about -- for women who say, you know, we were blessed to be apart of a sports team, and the wonderful attributes that we learned, but you don't necessarily have to be on a sports team to understand the wolfpack mentality. How do you teach that? I was able to learn it because of the women's national team and this beautiful ecosystem. They were still learned skills. They were things that I witnessed and I saw other people do and try to impart that into my life. In creating your own wolfpack, I mean, listen. I have to work out by myself now, and, you know, it's harder when you are alone, to go out and also, like, I hate running. Every single step. I do, but I have to do it. It's part of the process, and for me, like, it made me realize, like, I have to create my own -- my own wolfpack to make those kind of things that are essential in life, to feel less like suffering, right? That's why I wrote this book, so that women everywhere have a place to go, something to look at, a playbook to carry with them throughout their day, and to give them the invitation to create the wolfpack, that I know I needed to be successful. You can do it in your church. You can do it in the pta. Yes. There are several ways of doing it. It's not just the soccer players or just the athletes. Soccer players, suing for gender equality. Thought they were just -- discrimination. What do you say to your team members? Here's the deal. The big argument that I hear about the women's national team lawsuit is that the men's team brings in more women -- more money. More money than the women's team, and at the end of the day, that's why the men's team should make more money. The truth is in 2015, the women's team brought in $6.6 million, and the men's team brought in only $2 million. So enough there. And that's just evidence that it's just a discrimination case, and I want to back my teammates. I want to be able to say the things that I can say for them because I know it's different when you are inside it and you're a little bit worried about making the team and getting to the world cup. I'm proud of them, and they're pushing the game forward and they're pushing women and the experience of women everywhere. Victory can be a victory for all of us. All right, Abby. Yes. Yes. "Wolfpack," it is a beautiful -- I'm so incredibly proud of. "Wolfpack" is out now, and you can read an excerpt on our

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