Olympic and World Cup Champion Hope Solo is making a stop at The University of New Mexico to visit the Pack for a live Q&A session.

The equal rights activist will address this question: Are sports serving American girls and women well? 

Solo, who led the push for the United States Soccer Federation to pay women salaries equal to their male counterparts, will also discuss her experiences growing up in Title IX America. 

The Q&A session will be held inside SUB Ballrooms A&B, Monday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

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“Hope Solo is arguably the greatest goal keeper ever," UNM Associate Professor Ryan Swanson said. “But even more interesting than that, Solo has fought aggressively for equality. She has led the movement for equal pay for women soccer players over the past decade, making plenty of enemies along the way.  UNM's Honors College invited her because we think she is an important voice in the conversation about gender equality, both in sports and beyond.”

Solo will discuss leadership and breaking the “rules” and recount how she became one of the best goal keepers in the history of soccer.

This event is part of The Carruthers Lecture Series (CLS), a series made possible by the Garrey Carruthers Chair in Honors Endowment, established in 1990. The CLS serves the UNM community, the City of Albuquerque, and the state of New Mexico. Each year the CLS hopes to spark a conversation that lasts far beyond one evening – creating connections, strengthening relationships between the Honors College and other UNM departments, while serving as a recruiting tool for the University.

Swanson is serving a three-year term as director of the Carruthers endowment.