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The issue with the US team is that the players earn less despite generating more revenue locally than their male counterparts
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Domestically in the U.S. market, the women’s team are by far the more successful both on and off the pitch. US women’s soccer games now generate more revenue locally than men’s—but the players still earn less.
The Women’s team filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation some months ago, suing them for gender discrimination by paying the women less than members of the men’s national team.
The claim is that the women do “substantially equal work and are denied at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment equal to the MNT.”
“At this moment of tremendous pride for America, the sad equation remains all too clear, and Americans won’t stand for it anymore,” said Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the USWNT players in their equal pay lawsuit.
“These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher TV ratings but get paid less simply because they are women.”
This is why the lawsuit is going ahead, with support from the men’s team.
“The United States National Soccer Team Players Association fully supports the efforts of the US Women’s National Team Players to achieve equal pay,” they say in a statement. “Specifically, we are committed to the concept of a revenue-sharing model to address the US Soccer Federation’s ‘market realities’ and find a way towards fair compensation.”
What do you think? Should the U.S. Women’s National Team be getting equal pay to the men from the US soccer federation?
What about the World Cup? Is the division of prize money fair, when revenues are taken into account? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!