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U.S. Women’s Soccer Lawsuit: Equal Play for Equal Pay

U.S. Women’s Soccer Lawsuit: Equal Play for Equal Pay

Heather Jacques / Contributor

Over the course of many years, women have been fighting for equal rights, trying to get the same payment opportunities as men. Some players from the United States women’s national soccer team are outraged with how much more the men’s team gets paid and a recent lawsuit has developed as result.

A wage-discrimination action with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been filed by Alex MorganCarli LloydHope SoloMegan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, against the U.S. Soccer Federation. Fighting for the notion that “equal play means equal pay,” the women state that the men get payed far more than they do. The five players argued that they only got to share two million dollars for winning the World Cup in 2015 while the men got a whopping nine million for making it to the top sixteen. “The numbers speak for themselves,” said goalkeeper Hope Solo. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships… [the men’s players] get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”

Hillary Clinton chimed in on the cause tweeting, “Wouldn’t want to face these women on the field or in the courtroom. Every woman deserves equal pay.” Similar to their actions on the field, these five women will not back down in the courtroom and will continue fighting for this case and this cause. In sports, it is commonly perceived that women do not attract the same amount of people than men do, but in U.S. soccer’s case, this is totally false, women attracting even more of an audience than the men do. The U.S women’s team is one of the best in the world and has drawn more fans in than any other team, winning world and Olympic championships while the men’s team has remained historically second-rate. The women also argued that they made 20 million more in revenue during 2015 than the men but were paid four times less. Although only five players signed the complaint, they said they were acting on behalf of the entire women’s team, saying they are all employees of U.S. Soccer through their national team contracts. The team is not only fighting for themselves but every other hardworking woman in the country.

Like any civil rights issue in U.S. history, if it has gone to the point where there are a vast number of citizens fighting and become unhappy over an issue, it has been too long. The same goes for companies and their employee relations. Happy, motivated, and fulfilled workers keep a company and a brand thriving forward which we seek to do here at Activ8Media and encourage amongst our clients. If you want to be a part of a motivated, passionate community, seeking to activate the people around you, message us at [email protected] to join our team of Activ8rs!

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