In many activities and places around the world, gender equality is a major problem. The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team is a three-time World cup and four-time Olympic champion. The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team is a champion of neither. The Men’s team also failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Despite the USWNT’s success, they are getting paid significantly less than the USMNT.
The USWNT are suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination. 28 members of the team will serve as plaintiffs in the case. They will be representing the past and present players who may have been denied equal pay for equal work. In addition to equal pay, the USWNT is fighting for equal playing conditions, medical treatment, and coaching. The lawsuit states, “A comparison of the WNT and MNT pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all twenty friendlies,” the complaint says, “female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game against the various levels of competition they would face.” This case was filed in the United States District Court in Los Angeles.
Despite the lawsuit, the WNT will be competing in the World Cup, defending their title, staring on June 7.