The US women’s national soccer team won the Women’s World Cup on Sunday by winning the final game 2-0 against the Netherlands.
Just three months earlier, 28 members of the team sued the U.S. soccer federation for gender discrimination for paying them less than the men’s team “for substantially equal work”. THat’s why a huge section of the crowd at the final game could be heard chanting ‘Equal pay! Equal pay!’
The pay gap seems especially unfair after one realizes that the U.S. Women’s National Team has outperformed the men’s team by a huge, huge margin.
FIFA, unfortunately, is not known for prioritizing the rights of the women’s teams, and they were called out by Rapinoe for scheduling two other matches the same day as the Women’s World Cup final this year.
However, there are a lot of people who believe that the men’s team should make more than the women’s team, and most of their reasoning comes from how much revenue the men’s games bring in compared to the women’s games.
However, even though this is true at the World Cup level, it’s no longer true within the U.S.
As it turns out, women’s soccer generates more money domestically than men’s soccer, and women are STILL paid much less.
Even though maybe the World Cup will not pay men and women equally in the following years, there is no excuse not to pay the U.S. women’s team equally.