A group of Democratic Congressmen tabled a bill on Thursday that would guarantee equal pay between athletes and US national team staff regardless of gender.
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In the House of Representatives, the bill is supported by more than 20 democratic representatives.
“Next month, the US women’s national teams will take the stage at the Summer Olympics to take home the gold,” Feinstein said in the announcement. “Despite numerous and repeated successes in the field, they unfortunately still receive less financial support than their male colleagues. It is time to level the field and ensure that men’s and women’s national teams receive equal pay and resources in their respective sports. “
The US women’s national soccer team Megan Rapinoe has become an outspoken advocate of equal pay and has joined 27 other team members in a class action lawsuit against the US soccer association, accusing the organization of gender discrimination.
A central argument for equal pay for soccer teams is that the women’s team has consistently outperformed the US men’s national soccer team for many years, is number 1 in the world rankings and has won several world championships and Olympic gold medals in recent years.
The Washington Post reported that when the women’s team won the 2015 World Cup, members shared a $ 1.73 million bonus, while the men’s team shared a $ 5.38 million bonus after losing in Round 16 of the 2014 World Cup shared.
The lawmaker’s statement indicated that the women’s team not only outperforms its male counterparts, it also generates more revenue, according to a recent audit of the US Football Association’s financial statements. The women’s team grossed $ 50.8 million while the men’s team grossed $ 49.9 million.
“It’s outrageous that our talented female athletes, even though they win more championships and gold medals than their male counterparts, are still struggling for equal pay,” said Murray. “This bill will ensure that women athletes who represent our country are not neglected. But we can’t stop there – we have to make sure that every single athlete, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity – gets the pay, dignity and respect they deserve. “
Earlier this month, Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe Hills Sustainability Report – Presented by NextEra Energy – Filipino flies turn junk into beef Taxing only the super rich won’t fund America’s future GOP senators, warn they may draw support for the Biden deal MORE (W.Va.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine Cantwell Democrats Introduce Equal Pay Bill for U.S. National Team Athletes Heatwave Unleashes Historically Unusual Conflagrations in Western Senate Democrats threaten to freeze funds for 2026 World Cup if women’s football team doesn’t get equal pay MORE (Wash.) Introduced the Give Our Athletes Level Salaries Act, which “prohibits the use of funds for the 2026 World Cup unless the US Football Association pays members of the US women’s national team and US men one fair pay national team. “
“The American athletes who represent our country on the world stage must be compensated equally – because a gold medal is a gold medal and a world championship is a world championship, regardless of gender,” said Cantwell.