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While the US women's football team wins the World Cup, fans demand "Pay Them" – Mother Jones



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The US women's football team dominated their World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. Yet his players are still not paid as much as America's male players who have not won any World Cup, let alone four. At the international level, there is still a pay gap: The 2019 Women's World Cup offered players $ 30 million in prize money. At the Men's World Cup 2018 400 million US dollars were spent.

The members of the women's team faced the US Football Association for a long time due to their lower wages. In 2016, five team members filed a claim for wage discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The team finally reached a collective agreement for higher wages. In March, however, the team members filed a federal lawsuit against the US Football Association alleging that he had committed "deliberate sex discrimination" by continuing to pay women less than men. The lawsuit alleges that a representative of the association told the players that "market conditions are such that women do not deserve to be paid equally to men."

As stated in the complaint, this is not really about equal pay for equal work. but equal pay for better work. The pay gap, it is said, "is true, although their performance was superior to that of male players – with the female players becoming world champions unlike the male players."

When the women's team celebrated their victory today, its many fans joined in the call to "pay them". The stadium in Lyon, France, burst into songs of "equal pay" as FIFA's president, the World Football Federation, stepped on the stage.


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