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On July 23, while the US women’s soccer team was at the Tokyo Olympics, they filed a debut in their ongoing equal pay lawsuit against the United States Football Association.
This filing came after a judge dismissed the players’ claims against the association in May 2020. The judge, R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, endorsed the association’s argument that the women « earn more, both cumulatively and on average per game » than the men’s team.
The players, including Megan Rapinoe, who was one of the main voices at the forefront of the fight, said through a spokesman that they were against would appeal the decision.
« We believe in our case and know our worth, » Rapinoe said in a statement on this 2021 filing, according to The New York Times. « It is time the U.S.S.F. it does too. ”
“ Everyone who knows this team knows we won’t give up until we win, ”striker Christen Press told the Times in her own statement.
While the women continue on the Playing the world stage – they play Canada tomorrow at 4 a.m. EDT – their case continues to develop at home. On Friday, July 30th, the men’s team filed an amicus brief claiming that the women’s team had been discriminated against by US football for decades, according to The Washington Post. They allegedly said the women’s team should be paid more than they are.
The men’s team described Judge Klausner’s 2020 ruling as « flawed » and « oversimplified », adding that the women’s team’s pay should reflect their performance. « The women made better money from the association – and a lot more money, » they said, adding that the association « has consistently treated women as second-rate throughout the 35-year history of the women’s national team. »
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