Sunday, 21 July, 2019

How US Women's Soccer Is Used to Prop Up the Men

The 4-time World Cup Championship U.S. women's soccer team earns less than 10 percent of what the U.S. men's soccer team earns The 4-time World Cup Championship U.S. women's soccer team earns less than 10 percent of what the U.S. men's soccer team earns
Shannon Reynolds | 11 July, 2019, 21:40

Murray added in a statement, "The only way to truly honor our National Team is to pay them what they so clearly deserve: equal pay for their far more than equal work". In fact, throughout the tournament's 89-year history, the USA men have never earned a World Cup. For despite being ranked the first in the world, the female soccer players get paid far less than their male counterparts, who are now ranked 30th. "I'm encouraging everyone to call their Senator and Representatives to help us get this bill passed and finally create a level playing field for all".

"The numbers are so clear, we have an administration that's over 50 percent women in the top positions, absolute equity in the top positions, there's a handful of higher-paid positions, at this moment in history some are men and some are women", said de Blasio, in an attempt to defend his administration's salaries. Today, on behalf of all of us at U.S. Soccer, I want to say, we hear you. Here, Megan Rapinoe smiles as she holds the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy as the team arrives at the Newark International Airport.

The winning team were met with a ticket tape parade in New York City, followed by a ceremony outside City Hall. These are women's soccer players.

Team USA was bathed in tons of confetti as they celebrated their historic World Cup victory with a ticker tape parade in New York City.

During her speech, Chastain brought Webber and Fair on stage and together they read aloud the names and numbers of their teammates, as well as names of their coaching staff, who also played in the monumental game on July 10, 1999.

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"The whole team has been very powerful, and it's just really empowered me", says Yvonne Duck, another who turned out for the parade. However, according to Wall Street Journal, the United States women's games generated about $50.8 million in revenue from 2016 to 2018, while the men's games earned a slightly lower $49.9 million during the same period. "I like my left foot, man, and I got it on my left foot". However, the U.S. Soccer Federation argues that the gap in total prize money is based on the amount that FIFA provides and so claims that it is unfair to be held accountable for FIFA's decision. "What you see behind us is not for one person. You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you", she said directly to the camera. "You need to do better for everyone".

The festivities will honor the national team's remarkable run in France, where the US women went undefeated in the World Cup, turning away determined challenges from talented and physical squads such as France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The U.S. Soccer Federation wrote in a court filing that the two groups are paid differently due to differences in their collective-bargaining agreements.

As Rapinoe pointed to the team's diversity in terms of race and sexual orientation, she said: "There has been so much contention in these past few years".

She's hopeful the younger generation is soaking up the message from the women's team, noting a girl about 7 years old wearing an "Equal Pay" T-shirt.

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