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‘Equal pay’ chants after US women’s team wins World Cup

The women’s team has also generated more revenue for the governing body than the men’s team in recent years

  • Published 8.07.19, 2:44 PM
  • Updated 8.07.19, 2:44 PM
  • a min read
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The US women’s football team may have won its fourth World Cup in a nail-biter against the Netherlands, but a much more important struggle lies ahead back home: securing pay on par with the country’s men side.

The struggle was highlighted when the packed crowd chanted “equal pay” after the women’s football team won yet another World Cup title. The chants were referring to the disparity in the pay of the US men’s and women’s football teams.

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In March, 2015 team members, including Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan of the current team, sued the US Soccer Federation alleging gender discrimination. The players said they were being shortchanged by the governing body in terms of working conditions and pay when compared with the men’s team, which has not achieved anything close to what the women’s team has for several years. 

The women’s team has also generated more revenue for the governing body than the men’s team in recent years. 

The crowd’s chants supporting equal pay for the women’s team sparked an avalanche of tweets from fans and supporters. Among the ones to tweet was Billie Jean King, who championed equality of genders in sport. The “Battle of the Sexes” star is regarded as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. “It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve,” she said. 

Others joined in as well: 

Some tweeple drove home the message: 

Well, we all hope the US Soccer Federation is listening!