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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:52 am
by PhlawlessPhelon
So, anyone that even pays a little bit attention knows that USA's men's national soccer team is pretty mediocre. Compare them to the women that have won multiple Olympic Gold medals and World Cups. From a fan standpoint, I enjoy watching the women play much more than the men. The Women's World Cup final was the most watched American soccer games in history. All this, yet, there is a dispute about how much they are paid compared to the men's national team. My opinion is that these women have inspired generations of young females and deserve to be paid at least equal to the men. They work hard and are more successful, plus run countless camps for young players, but the pay is far from equal.

Members of the USWNT have accused the U.S. soccer federation of wage discrimination. This is an issue they have brought up before, but dropped shortly before the World Cup. It does not surprise me that the issue has resurfaced. USWNT have accused the U.S. soccer federation of wage discrimination

The soccer federation has replied, saying the women only make 2.2% less than the men. Frankly, I think that claim is nonsense. U.S. Soccer Federation says USWNT earns only 2.2 percent less than men

Naturally, the lawyers for the USWNT players that filed the originl complaint have argued that the U.S. soccer federation is goofing up the numbers. USWNT Lawyer Says U.S. Soccer Distorted Pay Numbers

Thoughts?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:43 am
by anynoise
I have been following this. It is absolutely absurd! The numbers speak for themselves. More revenue and much more successful than the Men's Team, should absolutely mean equal pay. They could even make an argument for better pay. Wouldn't that be outrageous. Until this story broke I had no idea there was a wage gap. Now that I know there is, I feel pretty naive. If the standard in the US is a wage discrimination for basically all professions, of course there is with our National Teams as well. I have no idea where 2.2% comes from. The numbers shouldn't change, generated income - minus income paid is a fact. It is not something that can be skewed as an excuse. This topic irritates the shit out of me.

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:47 am
by PhlawlessPhelon
anynoise wrote:They could even make an argument for better pay.


I agree.

Plus, most of the female pay stems from win bonuses, but the men get paid more regardless of winning or losing. Its ridiculous.

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:42 pm
by anynoise
PhlawlessPhelon wrote: Plus, most of the female pay stems from win bonuses, but the men get paid more regardless of winning or losing. Its ridiculous.


I would support and be excited if the men won more competitions. I would support their bonus earning too. It is up to committees and whoever make up the management of US soccer teams to admit and amend the issues.

Female Olympic athletes have absolutely paved the for female respect on the subject gender equality. Just by proving their athleticism is an amazing feat and their intense discipline and training is on par with the male athletes.

I don't how anyone could argue against equal pay, equality in general. The pay scale should be set the same for any athlete. I hope there are more athletic civil rights lawsuits. Across the board.