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The U.S. women’s soccer has now won four World Cups. Now can they score equal pay?

It’s amazing. Not just their playing—but that this team will take home only a fraction of the money that the losing U.S. men’s team will make, simply because they are women. 

For years, the arguments and excuses for this unequal pay have been that women don’t generate as much revenue. Untrue. These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher tv ratings than the men’s team. Yet each top-tier women’s national player will earn only 38 percent of the compensation of a comparable men’s player.

The prize money for this year’s Women’s World Cup is $30 million. The last men’s World Cup had $400 million.

Here’s a look at the stats:

USWNT
• 4 World Cups
• 4 Olympic Golds

USMNT
• 0 World Cups
• 0 Olympic Golds

Fans in the stadium signaled their support after the World Cup with a resounding chant of, “Equal pay! Equal pay!” But what will it take to move the needle on this long overdue issue of women’s economic rights?

Lawsuits filed with the EEOC and complaints to FIFA are starting to crack the grass ceiling. But what we’ve learned from women’s movements is that the power lies in numbers. We need to keep up the pressure.

If you’re looking to support organizations working to level the playing field for women in sports and demand equal pay, check out:

And if you’re inspired to do more, also check out Athlete Ally, supporting LGBTQI+ athletes, and Soccer Without Borders, expanding access to soccer in underserved communities.

 

The prize money for this year’s Women’s World Cup is $30 million. The men’s 2018 World Cup had $400 million. The last time the women’s team won, the three-time world championship winning team received $1.725 million for winning the 2015 World Cup. That was just one-third of the $5.375 million that the US Soccer awarded the men’s team for losing in the 16 round of the Men’s World Cup.”

 

Here’s a look at the stats:

 

USWNT
•4 World Cups
•4 Olympic Golds

USMNT
•0 World Cups
•0 Olympic Golds

 

Fired up? There’s something you can do about it. Support organizations working to level the playing field for women in sports and demand equal pay. Check out the Guerreira’s Project (led by women athletes in Brazil); the Women’s Sports Foundation (founded by Billie Jean King); and Athletes for Hope. 

 

(And if you’re inspired to do more, also check out Athlete Ally, supporting LGBTQI+ athletes, and Soccer Without Borders, expanding access to soccer in underserved communities.)