In March, 28 members of the USWNT filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation for gender discrimination, citing, “Despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in international competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts. This is true even though their performance has been superior to that of the male players — with the female players, in contrast to male players, becoming world champions.”
Over the weekend, the team went out there and won their fourth title for the U.S. women’s team while the men’s team has a 3rd place finish way back in 1930.
Megan Rapinoe has had enough.
Rapinoe, who scored one of the winning goals at the final, called on FIFA President Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to finally do something about the pay between men and women in soccer.
Here’s what Rapinoe said after she scored in the USA’s 2-0 win over Netherlands, per ESPN’s Graham Hays:
“Everyone is kind of asking what’s next and what we want to come of all of this. It’s to stop having the conversation about equal pay and are we worth it and should we and the investment piece. What are we going to do about it? Gianni, what are we going to do about it? Carlos, what are we going to do about it?
“It’s time to sit down with everyone and really get to work. This game has done so much for all of us. We’ve put so much into it. I think it’s a testament to the quality on the field, and I don’t think everything else is matching that. So how do we get everything to match up and continue to push this forward. Because I think at this point the argument we have been having is null and void.”
Even the crowd at the Stade de Lyon made their feelings known when they viewed screaming “equal pay.”
Rapinoe enjoyed it:
For this year’s World Cup, FIFA awarded $30 million in prize money, compared with the $400 million purse at the men’s World Cup back in 2018.