U.S. Women’s World Cup Win Sets Off Immediate Calls for Equal Pay

Immediately after the U.S. Women’s National Team won the 2019 World Cup on Sunday, fans started calling for another victory: Giving the women equal pay. The World Cup win comes as the women’s team is suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination, with a focus on the pay gap between the men’s and women’s teams.

When FIFA President Gianni Infantino took the stage soon after the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0, the crowd in France’s Stade de Lyon broke into a chant: “Equal pay! Equal pay!”

As of Sunday, the U.S. women’s team has won four World Cups — more than any women’s soccer team in the world. The men’s team has won none. But according to the lawsuit from the women’s team, male players stand to make nearly three times as much per game as women.

There’s also a major pay gap in the prize money awarded by FIFA, the global soccer federation that oversees the tournament. The prize pot for the women’s team this year was $30 million — compared to $400 million for last year’s Men’s World Cup.

Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the women’s players who filed the lawsuit, said in a statement after the victory: “This moment of tremendous pride for America, the sad equation remains all too clear and Americans won’t stand for it anymore. These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher TV ratings but get paid less simply because they are women. It is time for the Federation to correct this disparity once and for all.”

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said the women should be paid even more than the men in light of their latest trophy. “At this point we shouldn’t even be asking for #EqualPay for the #USWMNT — we should demand they be paid at least twice as much,” she tweeted.

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SOURCE: CBS News – Jason Silverstein