After skyrocketing to fame as a World Cup champion, queer US Women’s Soccer Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe has scored a two-book deal with Penguin Press. One book will be a memoir, while the other will be geared towards a middle school audience though Penguin’s Razorbill imprint.
“I hope this book will inspire people to find what they can do, and in turn inspire other people around them to do the same,” Rapinoe told The New York Times, who report that the book will include anecdotes from her life and tackle LGBTQ+ issues.
“A lot of women, great women soccer players, have written memoirs,”Ann Godoff, Penguin Press president and editor-in-chief, said. “Megan has a different platform… I thought, ‘Here’s a woman who is comfortable in her own skin.’ She’s just operating from this very honest and straightforward and, ‘This is who I am’ place. I think that’s what many people aspire to.”
Rapinoe has become quite the celebrity in the weeks since her team’s World Cup win, even appearing as a guest on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show. During the interview she spoke about equal pay, something her book will also cover.
“If you’re not down with equal pay at this point … you’re so far out of reality and the conversation that we can’t even go there,” she told Maddow. “I think it’s time to move to the next phase. I don’t want to fight with my bosses all the time; we don’t want to file lawsuits. We’d much prefer to just move forward because we know that the path forward, and where we go from here, makes it better for everyone.”
Hopefully she landed a nice advance as part of her book deal.