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As women’s soccer was drawing more and more fans, the players were stepping up their fight against gender discrimination in the sport. But just a year later, the game’s visibility — and its journey toward equity — has been stopped in its tracks.

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New Zealand's Sarah Gregorius in action during a Women's World Cup Group E match between Cameroon and New Zealand, at Stade de La Mosson, Montpellier, France,  June 20, 2019. 

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