It’s time for ‘Equal Play. Equal Pay.’
India Kirssin | Staff Writer
On March 31, five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) sent this message when they filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the U.S. Soccer Federation. Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Alex Morgan filed the complaint on behalf of the entire team, seeking equal wages and treatment with their male counterparts.
By filing this complaint, the women of the USWNT are sending a powerful message, standing up for what they deserve and shining a bright light on pay discrimination in the U.S.
Using the phrase, “Equal Play. Equal Pay.” the women have charged forward with their battle. In a post explaining her decision to join her teammates in the filing, Alex Morgan summed up the purpose of the complaint beautifully: “We decided to do this for all of the little girls across the country and around the world who deserve to have a voice, and if we don’t leverage the voice we have, we are letting them down.”
The player’s lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, said the women make 40 percent of what their male counterparts do, despite having more success. The women’s program overall has won three World Cup Championships and four Olympic gold medals.
The salary comparisons are shocking, disappointing and disgusting. The women generated millions of dollars in revenue and TV ratings this summer in the World Cup and have done their part to get soccer back on the map in the U.S. They are consistently one of the best teams in the world and have always outperformed the men. This is a team that has always led the fight for equality in their sport and for women everywhere.
The least they deserve is the respect and pay the men get.