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Women soccer players deserve equal pay for equal play.

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Tell the United States Soccer Federation (USSF):

“Stop the wage discrimination against players of U.S. women’s national soccer team. They deserve the same pay as members of the U.S. men’s team.”

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    Women soccer players deserve equal pay for equal play.

    World Cup champions. Olympic gold medalists. The U.S. national women’s soccer team, led by Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd and other legendary players, is one of the best teams in the world.

    But players on the U.S. national women’s team are paid only 40% of what their counterparts on the men’s team make, sometimes even less. This is pay discrimination, plain and simple, and it’s time for it to end.

    Tell the U.S. Soccer Federation: Stop the wage discrimination – give the women’s team equal pay for equal play.

    It’s well documented that American women who work full time in the United States are paid only 79 cents on average for every dollar paid to men (and even less for women of color).1 It became clear that pro-athletes are no exception to this rule, whenfive leading members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation for wage discrimination last month.

    The U.S. women’s team won the World Cup in 2015 – the bonus players received for achieving one of the most renowned titles in soccer was $75,000. If they were male soccer players, those bonuses would have been closer to $400,000. 2

    The pay discrepancies are painfully overt, and extend through every type of play and game. If the U.S. men’s team wins a game, the average bonus is eight thousand dollars, eight times the amount a player on the woman’s team can expect for winning a comparable game. While both teams play a minimum of twenty “friendly” games per year (not against a main rival) – players on the men’s team can expect to make a minimum of $100,000 for the year, even if they lose every single game. For a player on the women’s team to make that same $100,000, they would need to win all twenty required games. Even day-to-day expenses are blatantly skewed – male soccer players get a $75 per diem when traveling internationally; women get $60. As Carli Lloyd said: “Maybe they figure that women are smaller and thus eat less.”3

    The U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) has an opportunity now to not only do the right thing for it’s players, but to use it’s national influence to set a standard for equal pay for all.

    Tell the U.S. Soccer Federation: Stop the wage discrimination – give the women’s team equal pay for equal play. Click here to sign the petition.

    Co-captain of the U.S. women’s team, Carli Lloyd, said of her choice to fight back against the blatant gender-based pay inequality on the field:

    "The fact that women are being mistreated financially is, sadly, not a breaking news story. It goes on in every field. We can’t right all the world’s wrongs, but we’re totally determined to right the unfairness in our field, not just for ourselves but for the young players coming up behind us and for our soccer sisters around the world. […]

    "If I’ve learned anything in my career, it’s that nothing worthwhile in life comes easy. That’s just the way it is. This isn’t about a money grab. It’s about doing the right thing, the fair thing. It’s about treating people the way they deserve to be treated, no matter their gender." 4

    Professional athletes who are women have been waiting a long time for equal treatment, respect, and pay. The low pay, in contrast to the incredible achievements of the U.S. women’s soccer team, makes this an issue that USSF can’t ignore any more. It’s time for the USSF to do the right thing and guarantee equal pay for equal play.

    Thank you for standing up for women.

    References

    1. Equal Pay and the Wage Gap,” National Women’s Law Center, accessed Apr. 12, 2016.
    2. Carli Lloyd, “Carli Lloyd: Why I’m Fighting for Equal Pay,” NY Times, Apr. 10, 2016.
    3. Kerry Close, “Here’s How Poorly Female Soccer Players Are Paid Compared to Men,” Time, Mar. 31, 2016.
    4. Carli Lloyd, “Carli Lloyd: Why I’m Fighting for Equal Pay,” NY Times, Apr. 10, 2016.