“From youth leagues to the elite world champion U.S. national team, millions of girls and women throughout the country participate in this fast-paced, competitive sport,” the USPS said in a release. The stamp is designed to celebrate both the institution and the women who participate in it.
The finished product – described as a callback to mid-century print design – was a collaborative effort between art director Antonio Alcalá and illustrator Noah MacMillan.
The women’s soccer stamp will be released as part of a larger, eclectic collection that “highlights our unique American culture,” the USPS said. Other stamps in the series depict Tennessee mountains, piñatas, famous railroad stations and deceased U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Yet the announcement also comes at a complicated time. Earlier this month, a report was released revealing years of abuse and misconduct within the National Women’s Soccer League.
“Our investigation has revealed a league in which abuse and misconduct — verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct — had become systemic, spanning multiple teams, coaches, and victims,” the report stated.
A stamp doesn’t negate that, of course. But a federal organization intentionally celebrating “the entire legacy of women’s soccer” doesn’t hurt.