Previously the United States Women’s Soccer team had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) due to inequitable conditions in sports and wage gap discrepancies, violating their collective bargaining agreement. The women’s team consistently wins the world championship and outperforms the U.S. men’s team; however, their felids, hotel accommodations, venue selection, and professional staff support are reported to be in significantly worse conditions. The women requested about $66 million for damages following the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After the women’s team’s victory at the World Cup in 2019, the crowd began cheering “Equal Pay” after the women solidified an additional win. Joe Biden, later on, voiced his support of Twitter, saying:
To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet.To @USSoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding. https://t.co/XK6t9oM94k — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 2, 2020
During the lawsuit, the USSF argued that the women did not have the same skills and responsibilities as men. Many sponsors voice their discontent and demanded change. The USSF is now promising to provide equal conditions for flights and budgets to both teams moving forward from the settlement.
I hope that the women and their lawyers see that we are taking a new approachCindy Parlow Cone, Former Player, First Female USSF President