The women’s national soccer team here in the United States is finally getting the recognition they deserve…
After fighting for equal pay for quite some time, the women’s soccer team has ultimately been awarded the same contracts as the male players by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
This is a huge achievement for the women’s national team who has been putting added pressure on the federation for equal pay and working conditions over the last few years.
In a news release, the USSF announced the new plan in line with their goal of “aligning the men’s and women’s senior national teams under a single collective bargaining agreement.”
They continued: “This proposal will ensure that USWNT and USMNT players remain among the highest-paid senior national team players in the world while providing a revenue-sharing structure that would allow all parties to begin anew and share collectively in the opportunity that combined investment in the future of U.S. Soccer will deliver over the course of a new CBA.”
Despite this being a triumphant day for the women’s team, this victory hasn’t come without its fair share of setbacks…
Back in 2019, the team sued USSF for gender discrimination related to the pay gap between the women’s and men’s teams. Alex Morgan lead the complaint along with the other USWNT players who described the issue as “purposeful gender discrimination.”
They wrote in their complaint to the U.S. District Court that the USSF violated the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
They brought up how this blatant discrimination affects them on a day to day basis, admitting that “despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in international competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts.”
We have to note that the women’s national team has won a whopping 4 world cups while the men’s team hasn’t won any…
Despite this, the prize money for the Women’s World Cup back in 2019 was thirty million dollars, which might sound like a lot, but not in comparison to the Men’s World Cup earnings which was $400 million in 2018.
Let’s hope this move sparks the start of equal pay for women in other sports too!