Following the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final in Stade de Lyon in France on Sunday, people started chanting “equal pay”.
Many people posted videos from different sections of fans repeatedly and loudly chanting “equal pay”, which is a reference to the disparity between the income of the U.S. women’s and men’s national teams.
— Mina Park (@minapark) July 7, 2019
The pay gap between the men’s and women’s teams gained popularity after the U.S. women marched to their second consecutive World Cup title, and won the record 4th championship.
The women’s team is currently in the middle of a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation because the organization pays male players far more than female players.
For example, the maximum earnings for winning the World Cup for female players is $260,000, while each male player of the U.S. men’s national team could earn $1 million if they had won the World Cup.
Many celebrities have spoken out about the issues in recent months, including multiple Democratic 2020 presidential candidates.
The U.S. Soccer Federation president received a letter signed by Kamala Harris (D-California), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to ensure that the U.S. Women’s National Team is fairly compensated.