This weekend, American women's national football team won the World Cup, the team's fourth world championship. If you missed the entire month's host of thirsty tweets about the team captain Megan Rapinoe, let's just say the whole team managed to capture the nation's consciousness with both its talent and personality. But if you're new to football you might wonder why fans are chanting together to "equal pay" except "I think we just won." In fact, which will not be surprising to many American women, American law members are paid much less than their male counterparts.
The New York Times reports that FIFA (or Fédération Internationale de Football Association, which translates into the International Federation of Association Football in English) has ranked the American women's team first in the world for decades, and still gets the team paid just 38 cents on the dollar compared to men's law. May 8 – International Women's Day – the team sued the US Football Association for "purposeful gender discrimination". Vox breaks down the numbers: "Among the numbers mentioned in the EEOC filing is that women would earn $ 99,000 each if they won 20 friendly matches, the minimum number they have to play in a year. But the men would probably earn $ 263,320 for the same achievement, and would get $ 100,000 even if they lost all 20 games, and in addition, women get paid nothing to play more than 20 games, while men get between $ 5,000 and $ 17,625 for each game played beyond 20. "
"It's time for the federation to correct this difference for everyone," said Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the US Women National Team Players Association, said in a statement. Supporters demand that the team make equal pay – with some positives that they should do more than the men, ranked as the 30th best team in the world.
The team comes back to the states and world cup fever will die, but the fight for equal pay continues.
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