On Sunday, July 5th, the USA women’s soccer team played Japan in the World Cup Final. USA beat Japan 5-2. In the first five minutes, Carli Lloyd scored two goals from corner kicks. This immediately set the tone for the game, establishing America as the winning team in the beginning. Carli Lloyd led the team on the offensive end, finishing the game with three goals.
Even though the match was held in Canada, many of the players stated that they felt like they were at home because so many fans came out to support. The match had just under 23 million viewers, making it the most watched soccer game in USA history. The USA team won many fans over the course of just one year from sparking interest during the 2014 game. These fans followed the USA team and cheered as they brought home the World Cup trophy.
Currently, the USA team is going on its victory tour. The team began in LA and has earned the honor of the Ticker-Tape Parade in NYC. The Ticker Tape Parade is a parade where many people throw confetti from office buildings above the street and sidewalk. During the parade, the team was led through the canyon of heroes, a historic street where the city only paraded its most honorary legends. The soccer team was the first women’s sports team to ever be given the honor of a Ticker-Tape parade.
1. Who won the Women’s FIFA World Cup Final match?
2. Who scored the most goals for the USA team in the final match?
3. Where was the World Cup held?
4. How many viewers watched the match?
5. What role do you think fans play in a sport’s team’s success? Do fans help a team a great deal or not much?
July 4th, 2015
This past weekend, Americans celebrated the 239th anniversary of our country’s birth. Many people celebrated by having barbeques, going on lakes, playing outdoor games, parading, and going to the beach with their family and friends. Some Americans in the military were protecting our country. The most memorable event for kids, however, was probably the firework displays that most cities or towns put on at night.
The beginning of the United States of America began with a war. America fought Great Britain. Unfortunately, America still has countries that are testing our military. On July 4th, 2015, four Russian bombers flew close to American air space, and in response American fighter pilots intercepted them. Off the coasts of Alaska and California, two Russian bombers flew towards American territory in a threatening manner. The American pilots then flew their planes close to the Russians, and the Americans ordered the Russians to turn around. The Russian pilots did turn back.
July 4th, 1776
On July 4, 1776, the American founding fathers approved the Declaration of Independence, a document that stated that Americans were no longer going to be colonists of Great Britain Some historians say this was the beginning of the American Revolution. Much against the world’s expectation, the Americans won.
Independence Hall (The Pennsylvania State House)
The Declaration of Independence was signed in the Pennsylvania State House, later to be called Independence Hall, in Philadelphia. This hall previously housed the three branches of Pennsylvania’s colonial government. The American founding fathers rented the Assembly room to discuss the coming war with Great Britain and to sign the Declaration of Independence. Twenty-one years later, they wrote and signed the U.S. Constitution in the exact same room!
1. How many years has the United States of America had its independence?
2. Which country, on July 4th, 2015, sent bombers close to the U.S.A.?
3. From which country did the U.S.A. win independence?
4. What do we call the building where the Declaration of Independence was signed?
5. What two important American documents were signed in the same room?
Jack Lew, U.S. Treasury Secretary, stated that a woman would be featured on the new $10 bill to be printed in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment which granted suffrage to women. Although Lew announced a woman would be featured on the newly updated bill, he has not yet made a selection for the bill’s portrait. Some of the women taken for consideration by Lew are Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Women have been featured on American currency four times in the past; Martha Washington, Pocahontas, Susan B. Anthony, and Sacagawea. Martha Washington was featured on the $1 Silver Certificate of 1886 and 1891, Pocahontas was featured on a $10 bank note in 1869 and a $20 demand note in 1865, Susan B. Anthony was minted on the dollar coin from 1979 to 1981 and again in 1999, and Sacagawea has been minted on the dollar coin since 2000.
Some people may argue that women have not been featured on American money as a insult to women. Although the number of women featured on bills seem small, four, it is important to keep in mind that the country has not yet had a female president. Most of the people featured on US currency were presidents. Out of the twelve US bills, only three portraits have been of non-presidents; Salmon P. Chase on the rare $10,000 bill, Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill, and Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. And on the country’s coins, four out of the six currently used coins have been presidents. The other two non-presidents are the dollar coins of Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea. Because women have yet to be elected president, it can be more understandable that there are less women featured on bills. This does not mean that women have been less important in the past. It merely shows that since presidents are looked upon as leaders of their country, they have been primarily selected as the ones to be featured on US currency.
1. Who are the four women that have been featured on US currency?
2. Has the US Treasury Secretary selected who will be on the new $10 bill? If so, who?
3. How many bills have been printed of non-presidents?
4. Who is the Secretary of Treasury for the US?
5. Do you think there should be more women printed on currency? Why or why not?
Jessica De Gree
Jessica teaches English as a second language in Spain and plays basketball professionally there. She recently received her Bachelor's degree from Hillsdale College, one of the nation's top Liberal Arts schools in MI. At Hillsdale, she played basketball and studied English and Spanish. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing, painting, surfing, and playing the piano.