Women's Soccer Team Players Are Calling Foul on a System That Pays Less Than Men

USA Carli Lloyd at the World Cup

The glass ceiling that holds women of all industries back is an unfortunate form of discrimination that not all women have the luxury of fighting. But some prominent players from the US Women's National Soccer Team have gathered in an effort to kick down this barrier that somehow makes it okay for them to make four times less than their male counterparts -- while projected to bring in $8 million more than those very men. And they are slapping the US Soccer Federation with a major lawsuit.

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The complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by players Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo, and Alex Morgan.

On the Today show, Lloyd commented, "I think that we've proven our worth over the years. Just coming off of a World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large. And we want to continue to fight." 

Just on the short list of these women's accomplishments, they've managed to win three gold medals and three World cups, with 26.7 million viewers tuning in as they defeated Japan in the 2015 World Cup.

So, frankly, we couldn't agree more with Lloyd's statement.

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In fact, it's interesting that the USWNT union not only stated that they were "disappointed" that this level of action was taken, but it seems that they are uncertain as to whether these ladies are entitled to the right to strike -- essentially, the right to stand up for themselves, their worth, and women as a whole with the 2016 Olympics just around the corner.

The ridiculous concern only emphasizes the wage gap, while the commission's level of panic makes it abundantly clear that these women are valued players -- otherwise, they wouldn't be missed, they'd be replaced. 

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It is shameful that they did not think that this kind of discrimination was worthy of being corrected prior to the suit's being filed. Sadly, though, that's the world we live in. Fortunately, we have these women who clearly recognize their value -- when it comes to the workplace and their influence within world -- to help score a goal for women and girls everywhere.

 

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