U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Files Wage-Discrimination Action Asking For Equal Pay
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Shortly after a second statement was released, explaining “it is ‘committed to and engaged’ in negotiating a new CBA ‘that addresses compensation with the U.S. women’s national team when the current CBA expires at the end of this year,'” shared ESPN. Several of the men spoke out, supporting the woman and their decision to take action regarding the pay dispute. “We support the fact that the women should fight for their rights and fight for what they think is just compensation,” Tim Howard, the men’s national team goalie, shared with SportsCenter. “We, on the men’s side, have been fighting that battle for a long, long time. We certainly know what it feels like. We felt underpaid for a long time. We had to negotiate our way to a settlement.”
US Soccer statement on US women's players action alleging wage discrimination vs US men's players pic.twitter.com/DAJLwV7UVu— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 31, 2016
Hillary Clinton even got in on the action.
#USWNT absolutely deserve to be treated fairly in all ways. Important to remember that these issues are/can be collectively bargained— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) March 31, 2016
The USWNT has grown tremendously in the past decade. They are the current World Cup champions and have won the gold medal at the past three Summer Olympic Games. The three-time World Cup champions have broken records for American soccer games, with as many as 26.7 million people tuning in to watch them beat Japan last summer. The women’s team generated about $20 million more in revenue than the U.S. men’s team in the past year alone. Currently, the women are paid about a quarter of what the men are paid. “Every single day, we sacrifice just as much as the men. We work just as much,” Morgan told Today. “We endure just as much physically and emotionally. Our fans really do appreciate us every day for that. We saw that with the high of last summer. We’re really asking, and demanding now, that our federation, and our employer really, step up and appreciate us as well. Check out the interview with the players below.
Wouldn’t want to face these women on the field or in the courtroom. Every woman deserves equal pay. https://t.co/RBuAFtgpDS— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 31, 2016