The U.S. National Women’s Team may have won the World Cup, but now they have their sights set on an even bigger goal — pay equality!
Five athletes from the Women’s World Cup championship team have filed a federal labor complaint against U.S. Soccer on behalf of the entire Women’s National Team.
According to reports, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Megan Rapinoe filed paperwork claiming that they are paid less than half as much as the men’s team players — yet generate TENS OF MILLIONS more in revenue!
The team’s attorney Jeffrey Kessler said that the women of U.S. Soccer earn 40 percent of the wages of the players on the men’s team, and receive far less in bonuses, appearance fees, and daily allowances.
Apparently, the ladies make $1,350 each for a friendlies match win against a top-ranked team, while the men’s team players take in $17,625 for a win — and still earn $5,000 for a loss!
The filing, which will ask the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate U.S. Soccer, also says that the women’s team generated about $20 million more revenue than the men’s team!
The women’s national team won the Women’s World Cup finals last summer, while the men’s team hasn’t even made it to the Quarter Finals since 2002…
In an appearance on the TODAY show on Thursday, Solo said “not much has changed” in the decade and a half she has been on the Women’s National Team, explaining:
“We continue to be told we should be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer, to get paid for doing it. In this day and age, it’s about equality… We believe it’s our responsibility for women’s sports and specifically for women’s soccer to do whatever it takes to push for equal pay and equal rights.”
However, not everyone feels the same sense of empowerment. U.S. Soccer said they are “disappointed” in the filing, issuing the statement:
“While we have not seen this complaint and can’t comment on the specifics of it, we are disappointed about this action. We have been a world leader in women’s soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women’s game in the United States over the past 30 years.”
Right — and they can continue to be a world leader by paying the women’s team what they deserve!
Do U think the Women’s National Team will score and get more dough?
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