- The United States Women’s National Team won its second consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup title on Sunday. It was the team’s fourth title overall.
- The team filed a lawsuit in March 2018 for equal pay.
- From Hillary Clinton to Snoop Dogg, over two dozen celebrities have joined in and supported the team’s fight for equal pay.
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The call for equal pay has reached a high after the United States Women’s National Team defeated the Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final 2-0. Fans shouted for equal pay after the victory, and celebrities are, too.
The team receives only a fraction of the amount that men do by winning the World Cup and a fraction of the salary.
They filed a lawsuit in March 2018, in which they stated, “WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game against the various levels of competition they would face. A 20-game winning top tier WNT player would earn only 38% of the compensation of a similarly situated MNT player. ”
Throughout the tournament, these celebrities and politicians have joined the team in their fight for equal pay.
Former tennis star Billie Jean King
Congratulations to the #USWNT on their 4th World Cup win! These athletes have brought more attention, support, & pride to women’s sport than perhaps any other team in history. It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve. ???????????????????????? #USAvNED #WorldCupfinal #EqualPay
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 7, 2019
US gymnast Aly Raisman
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) July 7, 2019
Television producer Shonda Rhimes
This. "These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher tv ratings but get paid less simply because they are women. It is time for the Federation to correct this disparity once and for all.” https://t.co/Vw89Beoy6f
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 8, 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Incredibly inspiring World Cup by our @USWNT ???????????????????????????????????????? so fun to watch ????????????????????????????????!!!! #FIFAWomensWorldCup #legacy #leadersonandoffthepitch #EqualPay
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) July 7, 2019
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
As we get ready to cheer on the #USWNT in Sunday’s final, let's note that they’re fighting for equal pay—and their advocacy could help all female athletes. I’m proud to stand with @mpinoe and this team for fighting to win, on and off the field. https://t.co/DG7jfmfWfm pic.twitter.com/2oMMnCMSw0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 5, 2019
Senator Elizabeth Warren
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 8, 2019
Actress Kerry Washington
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!!! The athletes of the US women’s soccer team are my heroes. And my children’s. Crazy talented, the strongest physically and mentally, pulling each other up and winning by working together. @uswnt thank you for the inspiration, the fierce work, and the light you all bring to us. And @fifawomensworldcup @fifaworldcup @ussoccer: PAY THESE ATHLETES THE WAY THEY DESERVE TO BE VALUED. You should #beembarrassed. (Also @fifaworldcup: how about calling the other World Cup the “men’s” World Cup from now on?)
Singer Chase Rice
Can we all please shut up about this equal pay for women? Pay em more. They earned it. More people watch them than the men, cause our men lose. Whoever sells more tickets should get the money. It’s that fucking simple. Fellas, step it up, and win. Pay the ladies????????
— Chase Rice. (@ChaseRiceMusic) July 7, 2019
Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones
— Leslie Jones ???? (@Lesdoggg) July 7, 2019
Rapper Snoop Dogg
Actress Regina King
— Regina King (@ReginaKing) July 7, 2019
Tennis star Serena Williams
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2019
Actress, Jamie Lee Curtis
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) July 8, 2019
Singer Lindsay Ell
Maybe 4 wins is enough for #FIFA to finally realize these incredible women deserve #equalpay. When the men are getting paid 4-5x what the ladies’ salary cap is…..something doesn’t add up. @USWNT #USWNT pic.twitter.com/WiI3S82Xau
— Lindsay Ell (@lindsayell) July 7, 2019
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay
Equal pay for exceptionally supreme work is the least these athletes deserve. Anything less is a shame and travesty to their sport.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 7, 2019
Actress Elizabeth Banks
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) July 7, 2019
Senator Chuck Schumer
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 7, 2019
Actress Eva Longoria Baston
Amen! Oh and they get paid less ????????♀️ #EqualPay
— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) July 7, 2019
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Congratulations to the @USWNT on a record-breaking FOURTH world championship. You’re inspiring millions, including the next generation of champions, who should not have to fight for equal pay. #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/6x87N3wfNp
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) July 7, 2019
Former professional wrestler John Layfield
Congrats USWNT! Now USA Soccer-how about you pay these superstars MORE than the men-cause they sure ain’t equal!
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) July 2, 2019
Actress and producer Jessica Chastain
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) July 7, 2019
Singer-songwriter/actress Mandy Moore
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
The @USWNT fought hard and brought home yet another World Cup title, making history as back-to-back champions.
This team makes our country to proud—they shouldn't have to fight just to be paid what they deserve. pic.twitter.com/KhoszOjNh5
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 8, 2019
Rep. Ayanna Pressley
Grace and grit under pressure. Bringing home the gold & inspiring the next generation on and off the field. With the world watching, you made us so proud @USWNT
Now pay them what you owe them. https://t.co/U4unZAUd7z
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 7, 2019
Now check out one potential solution.
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