Why We Need to See the US Women’s Soccer Team Fight for Equal Pay

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The US Women’s Soccer Team won the World Cup title in 2015. The final was the most watched soccer game of all time in the US with more than 26 million viewers. Yet the women’s team players are currently paid 30% less than their male counterparts. The women’s team was denied when they presented the winning statistics and asked for a pay raise. Now, the US Women’s Soccer Team is suing the US Soccer Federation in a pay discrimination case.

Why is the women’s team forced to sue the US Soccer Federation to obtain fair pay?

Business leaders such as Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network, and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, discuss pay differences and recommend specific actions for women: Ask for a raise. Present metrics to show you are delivering performance. Show the revenue you are generating for the organization. The women’s soccer team followed the protocol and took these actions. Yet their request was refused.

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