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The White House says President Joe Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, with whom Biden served in the Senate. Biden will also recognize Sandra Lindsay, the New York nurse who rolled up her sleeve on live television in December 2020 to receive the first COVID-19 vaccination that was administered in the U.S. Other recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom are gun safety advocate Gabrielle Giffords, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and U.S. women's national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe.
U.S. national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe is among a group of leading sports figures who have expressed anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to strip the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. Billie Jean King, who just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX, is also dismayed by the decision. Women playing for teams, including NWSL's Racing Louisville and the WNBA's Dallas Wings, will be directly impacted by the decision.
FILE - o, U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe runs during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Spain on March 8, 2020, in Harrison, N.J. Rapinoe says she could not hide her anger over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the abortion rights provisions of Roe v. Wade, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
FILE - Florida State celebrates their victory over North Carolina in the NCAA women's soccer championship game in Cary, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. The number of women competing at the highest level of college athletics continues to rise along with an increasing funding gap between men’s and women’s sports programs, according to an NCAA report examining the 50th anniversary of Title IX. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown, File)
Briana Scurry's soccer jersey from the 1999 Women's World Cup is at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's part of a permanent display that recognizes Title IX and its contributions to leveling the playing field. The law paved the way for the Black goalkeeper to knock down barriers with her talent, determination and grit, amassing a long list of honors in what was a predominantly white sport. Scurry discusses the triumphs and challenges during her groundbreaking, Hall of Fame career.
FILE - United States' goal keeper Briana Scurry (1) blocks a penalty shootout kick by China's Ying Liu during overtime of the Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., July 10, 1999. Scurry, 50, has a World Cup title, two Olympic gold medals and was the first Black woman to be inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - Soccer legend Briana Scurry reacts after she threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Washington. Title IX paved the way for the Black goalkeeper to to knock down barriers with her talent, determination and grit, amassing a long list of honors in what was a predominantly white sport. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
FILE - United States' goalkeeper Briana Scurry celebrates after blocking an overtime penalty shootout kick by China's Ying Liu during the Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, July 10, 1999. Scurry's soccer jersey from the 1999 Women's World Cup is at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's part of a permanent display that recognizes Title IX and its contributions to leveling the playing field. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield, File)
FILE - Team USA goalkeeper Briana Scurry reacts during a training session for the Four Nations women's soccer tournament in China's southern city, Guangzhou, Monday, Jan. 29, 2007. She has faced challenges as an openly gay Black woman in what was a predominately white sport. There were hardly any players who looked like her when she stepped on the sport's biggest stage; today the US national soccer team's roster features eight women of color. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
FILE - United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Women's World Cup final soccer match between the United States and Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)