When the United States Women’s National Team, (USWNT), won the 2015 Women’s World Cup, they created a tsunami of new fans and popularity around the world. They are not equals to their male counterparts. They are quite superior to them. Judging be the latest FIFA rankings, while the men’s team flounders a ranking of 30th in the world and have not won a major trophy in nearly 3 years, the US women have become America’s sweethearts.
However, as dominant as the women’s team is, they languish in being paid for superior work results. The women deserve equal pay. In fact, judging by their performance one might be able to deduce that the USWNT was being paid at least double what the men’s team was being paid. Sadly though, that’s not the case.
In a 96 page lawsuit filed April 21st against U.S. Soccer, the USWNT laid out budget projects showing that the USWNT will generate an estimated $8 million more in revenue than it’s male counterpart. Yet, the men will outearn the woman by nearly 37% this year alone.
According to the Huffington Post,
The current wage gap, however, is a hidden, nasty part of U.S. Soccer’s own systematic sexism, which the USWNT’s complaint bluntly pointed out:
There are no legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for this gross disparity of wages, nor can it be explained away by any bona fide seniority, merit or incentive system or any factor other than sex.
If U.S. Soccer has been leading the way for the past 30 years in so many areas, why then does the buck suddenly stop when it comes down to dollars and cents?