Megan Rapinoe, a star of the US women's national soccer team, has once again called for gender pay equity in front of a congressional panel.
Rapinoe claimed that her World Cup winning side did not receive adequate compensation for far exceeding the accomplishments of the men's team.
US women's national team players sued the US Soccer governing body in 2019 for gender discrimination in wages and playing conditions. That summer, the team claimed its fourth World Cup title in France, only backing up their claims further and so too did fans who could be heard chanting "equal pay".
“There is no level of status, accomplishments, or power that will protect you from the clutches of inequity,” Rapinoe said in written testimony to the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform.
“We have filled stadiums, broken viewing records, and sold out jerseys, all popular metrics by which we are judged.”
Despite applauding Rapinoe for her efforts of bringing attention to the equal pay debate, US Soccer argued that the women's team had received more compensation in the last decade than the men.
“My hope is the players will accept our standing invitation to meet and find a path forward that serves the women’s team now and in the future,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in a written statement. “We, too, are committed to equal pay.”
In May 2020, a United State District Court Judge for the Central District of California, dismissed players' claims of equal pay before a settlement was reached in December over working conditions.
A hearing over that settlement is set to take place on April 12 and players will be free to appeal their wage claims if it is approved.
“We put in just as much work, we train just as hard. We compete to bring trophies back to the United States,” Rapinoe added.
Author: Jake Wilkin