The fight for equal Wages, wages on
Earlier this month, the USWNT took a hit when Judge R. Gary Klausner rejected the claim that the women were paid less the Men. For anyone who’s been following US Soccer, it’s no secret that lopsided pay has been going on for almost 2 decades, but this particular suit is worth $66 Million.
March 2019, 28 Players from the 2015 USWNT filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation for unfair payment practices. The $66 Million is backlogged damages from when the Women’s team was paid less "for substantially equal work and by denying them at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment equal to the MNT.” according to spokesperson Molly Levinson.
By The Numbers, the USWNT generated more revenue between to 2016 - 2018. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Women generated $50.8 to the men’s $49.9 and although the argument that the Men’s team performed poorly because they didn’t make the World Cup...they’re professional athletes, they get paid based off of their performance. To put it in retrospect: France, the winner’s of last year’s FIFA Cup got $38 Million to break down between the players and staff, the entire FIFA Women's World Cup got $30 Million to break down between all the teams. In 2015, the Winning USWNT got $2 Million while the USMNT got $9 Million, after losing in the round of 16.
Looking forward, the ruling in May was only the beginning. The glaring issue of the the obscurity between the pay of both teams is becoming increasingly hard to ignore because the Women are kicking the Men’s ass. From Jersey sales to simple surveys of name recognition in the average American household, the USWNT is up there with the Golden State Warriors. But with Covid-19 more than likely pushing the June 16th trail back, this is an issue that might have to be resolved once the world returns to normal. Of all the back and forth, we think everyone can agree that the Champs deserve more.