After winning three World Cup championships and four Olympic championships, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team has every right to toot their own horn about being the best in the world and nothing is going to stop them, especially if it regards being paid less than the U.S Men’s Soccer team.
According to the Huffington Post, five of the most well known names on the U.S. women’s national soccer team have filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on Wednesday. The five players are Carli Lloyd, Alex, Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo. These women have no shame of publicizing their names on why they should be receiving just as much money as the men.
Everyone is always making comments about equality, but it is more talk than action. These five women are willing to do whatever to fight for equality especially in female sports.
These women are sick and tired of being treated less than the men. “Every single day we sacrifice just as much as the men. We work just as much,” said Morgan.
According to an article on espnW it says, “If the women win each of the minimum 20 friendlies they play annually and the men lose the same number of the matches, the men’s side would still earn more money than the women’s.”
Another wonderful example of how the U.S. women’s soccer team was cheated with pay was the U.S men’s team pocketed $9 million after getting to round 16 in the 2014 World Cup. Whereas the women won the World cup and only received $2 million.
Comparing men and women athletes has always been a touchy topic and nothing has ever came out of it. But this time we are hoping for a different outcome.
These five women will continue to wait to hear back from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding further investigation. The anticipation will continue especially if the EEOC sides with the women, they will receive millions back in pay.