Cuomo signs law guaranteeing equal pay for USWNT

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2019

"I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women's Soccer Team could one day make the US women's team and not get paid the same as the men's team", Senator Manchin said in a statement. The U.S. will share a pot of $4 million for winning the tournament, while France's men's squad earned $38 million for winning in Russian Federation a year ago. "We are very happy to accept your invitation to come", Rapinoe said after the New York Senator extended the invitation. Even more impressive, the women's soccer team has reached the finals five of the eight times the World Cup tournament has been held. "They're out there in the media and they're inspiring people, and that's what I feel like it's all about, so they definitely should get equal pay as a man".

The USWNT, which won its fourth World Cup crown on Sunday, has been fighting for equal pay for some time.

Ongoing conversations about a pay gap started in the months leading up to the tournament, and led 28 members of the US women's national team - including Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan - to take legal action over pay disparity and working conditions. However, according to Wall Street Journal, the USA women's games generated about $50.8 million in revenue from 2016 to 2018, while the men's games earned a slightly lower $49.9 million during the same period.

But the parade in New York's financial district was more than a tribute to a championship team, which has been involved in a well-publicized fight for equal pay with the USA men's national team.

"The whole team has been very powerful, and it's just really empowered me", says Yvonne Duck, another who turned out for the parade.

Equal pay was a rallying cry as the U.S. Women National Team's (USWNT) was honored with ticker-tape parade through the streets of New York City on Wednesday.

Morgan has posted a couple of different videos on her Instagram Story from the parade. While equal compensation is the biggest issue, the lawsuit also alleges discrimination in medical benefits, travel, and training conditions.

During the parade-side bill signing, Cuomo said "there is no rationale why women should not get paid what men get paid". Additionally, Jill Ellis, named 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year, is also the first women's coach to win two World Cup titles. Federal funds would also be withheld from Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's global governing body, and from the regional body that administers the World Cup qualifying tournament that includes the U.S. "I just want to be like them", she said. "You can't possibly understand what a childhood dream feels like until you live it. You're excluding. Americans that maybe support you", she said. "You need to do better for everyone".

The 28 members of the U.S. women's national team reached a tentative agreement last month to pursue mediation with the U.S. Soccer Federation over the lawsuit.

A bipartisan resolution was introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sen.

On Sunday, the day of the US women's national team's victory, a team spokeswoman released a statement that read: "At this moment of tremendous pride for America, the sad equation remains all too clear, and Americans won't stand for it anymore". "At this moment, they are cultural icons and should be paid as such".

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