Don’t call me “strong” (I’m just a woman who plays football) | Maggie Murphy | TEDxCoventGardenWomen

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What would make someone celebrate a 0-0 draw on volcanic ash pitch at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro? A desperate call for equality on the Football field. In this moving talk, Maggie Murphy guides us through the journey of 32 international female football players pushing past the stereotypes to not only reach the literal top of the game, but to ensure no girl should loose out on a game they love. Maggie Murphy is a human rights and anti-corruption advocate seeking to end the abuse of power in its many forms. She has been playing adult competitive football since she was thirteen, and aside from playing for UK-based clubs and captaining Oxford University, she has set-up, coached or played for teams in Tanzania, Rwanda, Guadeloupe, the Netherlands and Germany. In every setting she's seen how women and girls create and benefit from strong sporting communities, bear and break gender stereotypes and inspire others in their actions. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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