An instant New York Times bestseller!
“Rapinoe's 'signature pose' from the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is synonymous to the feeling we got when finishing this book: heart full, arms wide and ready to take up space in this world.”—USA Today
Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, reveals for the first time her life both on and off the field. Guided by her personal journey into social justice, brimming with humor, humanity, and joy, she urges all of us to ask ourselves, What will you do with your one life?
Only four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball, Megan Rapinoe developed a love – and clear talent – for the game at a young age. But it was her parents who taught her that winning was much less important than how she lived her life. From childhood on, Rapinoe always did what she could to stand up for what was right—even if it meant going up against people who disagreed.
In One Life, Megan Rapinoe invites readers on a remarkable journey, looking back on both her victories and her failures, and pulls back the curtain on events we know only from the headlines. After the 2011 World Cup, discouraged by how few athletes were open about their sexuality, Rapinoe decided to come out publicly as gay and use her platform to advocate for marriage equality. Recognizing the power she had to bring attention to critical issues, in 2016 she took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick to protest racial injustice and police brutality—the first high-profile white athlete to do so. The backlash was immediate, but it couldn’t compare to the overwhelming support. Rapinoe became a force of change.
Here for the first time, Rapinoe reflects upon some of the most pivotal moments in her life and career – from her realization in college that she was gay, through the disputes with soccer coaches and officials over her decision to kneel, to the first time she met her now-fiancé WNBA champion Sue Bird, and up through suing the US Soccer Federation over gender discrimination and equal pay. Throughout, Rapinoe makes clear the obligation we all have to speak up, and the impact each of us can have on our communities. Deeply personal and inspiring, One Life reveals that real, concrete change lies within all of us, and asks: If we all have the same resource—this one precious life, made up of the decisions we make every day—what are you going to do?
"One Life makes it clear that Rapinoe’s greatest accomplishments may ultimately come away from the soccer pitch. She’s a new kind of American hero."—San Francisco Chronicle
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From her pink hair to her outspoken activism to her scorching talent on the soccer pitch, Megan Rapinoe is a superstar. She narrates her wonderful and honest memoir herself, taking us along on her incredible journey, from crowding into her family’s minivan on match day to accepting the World Cup’s best-player trophy in Paris. We were riveted to hear Rapinoe explain why she chose to kneel during the national anthem at a 2016 match, knowing full well it would make her a lightning rod for media controversy and social-media death threats. Whenever she talks about her activism, Rapinoe’s passion shines through in her voice. She shares her thoughts about the issues she faces as a queer woman, as well as other important topics like prison reform and racism, and we respect how she frequently acknowledges her own privilege as a celebrity. One Life is an inspiring listen about achieving greatness—and then using that greatness to help others.
Fantastic read! Excellent story. Loving this!!
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Was so very excited to learn more about Megan’s journey personally and professionally. She is someone I have always looked up to, and can finally say she’s earned her accolades. From that cross in 2011, being one of the only out role models for young athletes, to now leading conversations about equality...I am so proud of her.
Self-righteous egomania at its finest.