Friday, 23 August, 2019

Bill Addresses 'Unacceptable' Gender Pay Gap in US Soccer

Viewership of Women’s World Cup final exceeds 14 million on Fox U.S. players celebrate their Women's World Cup triumph after defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in the tournament final
Shannon Reynolds | 10 July, 2019, 19:26

Senator Joe Manchin on Tuesday introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate that, if passed, would see the federal government withhold funding for the 2026 World Cup until U.S. Soccer "agrees to provide equitable pay" to both the U.S. men's and women's teams.

The squad's 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final match on Sunday capped a World Cup campaign that attracted vast television audiences and unprecedented public interest.

The US Women's National Team's victory tour will continue with a ticker tape parade in New York City on Wednesday.

The US Women's National team also won the World Cup in 1991 and 1999.

"I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women's Soccer Team could one day make the USA women's team and not get paid the same as the men's team", Senator Manchin said in a statement.

Wednesday's parade down Broadway in New York's financial district also cast a light on the team's fight for equal pay with their counterparts on the USA men's national team, and by extension, the issue of equal pay for equal work for women in general.

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She's also involved in legal action against the federation for gender discrimination, claiming the governing body not only pays them less but invests less in travel, medical care and practices facilities with female players often forced to practice on artificial turf, resulting in more injuries.

But whether federal funding will play a key role in the upcoming games is unclear. "That's just plain wrong", Manchin said in a statement.

Funds would not be made available or appropriated until the teams - which are managed by the nonprofit U.S. Soccer Federation - are paid equally.

Cuomo thanked the team for helping to lead the fight for equality.

Rapinoe became one of the tournament's most outspoken stars, as the U.S.co-captain scored the first goal in the final from the penalty spot against the Dutch. The fans in Stade de Lyon booed Infantino and chanted, "equal pay!" after the whistle blew and the USA became world champions again. "We would much prefer to have a collaborative approach with FIFA, with the federation - how can we move this forward, how can we go to the next step, to create a world that is equal and fair for everyone?"

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