American Soccer’s Gender Wage Gap

by June 3, 2016
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Five ladies from the United States Women’s National Soccer Team filed suit against the US Soccer Federation for wage discrimination this spring.

The women filing suit include Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo — major names you may recognize for their large contribution to winning the 2015 World Cup, which captured the attention of a record-breaking number of Americans. These five women, alongside their teammates, became household names not only for captivating global audiences during their 2015 World Cup victory, but also due to their part in winning three consecutive Olympic gold medals for the United States.

Carli Lloyd’s hat trick in the final game of the 2015 World Cup, Hopo Solo’s record-setting 55-game undefeated streak, and Alex Morgan’s unparalleled skills as a forward, among other achievements, make this group a force to be reckoned with. In addition to their undeniable value to the Soccer Federation, the USWNT has just received the support of the Senate.

“This isn’t just about the money. It’s also about the message it sends to women and girls across our country and the world,” Senator Patty Murray says. “The pay gap between the men and women’s national soccer teams is emblematic of what is happening all across our country.”

The Senate’s resolution, which passed unanimously last Thursday, hopes to put pressure on the Soccer Federation to investigate why the men’s team, which lost in the first round of the 2015 World Cup, gets paid more than the women’s team, which won the World Cup last year.

In the video below, Becky Sauerbrunn, Ali Krieger and Hope Solo explain to Comedy Central’s Hasan Minhaj why they deserve equal pay when compared to the men’s national team.

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