US Women Soccer Players Allege Wage Discrimination

Updated: April 1, 2016
US Women Soccer Players Allege Wage Discrimination

Five players on the beloved U.S. women’s soccer team have filed a wage discrimination lawsuit against their employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation.

If you are one of the millions of fans who rooted for the team and watched them win at the FIFA Women’s World Cup over the summer, you’ll recognize these women: co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, and goalkeeper Hope Solo.

The five have banded together to argue that while the women’s team generated nearly $20 million more in revenue than the men’s team in 2015, female players are paid almost four times less than men in the sport.

“I think we’ve proven our worth over the years,” Lloyd said on the Today show this morning. “Just coming off a World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large. We want to continue to fight. The generation of players before us fought. And now it’s our job to keep fighting.”

Joining Lloyd on Today, Solo spelled it out: “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup Championships, four Olympic Championships, and the [men] get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”