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Top Women’s Soccer Players File Wage Discrimination Suit

HeadlineApr 01, 2016

Five top U.S. women’s soccer players have filed a landmark lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing U.S. soccer of wage discrimination. The players say they earn only about 40 percent of what male players earn, despite the fact that the U.S. women’s national team has won three World Cups and four Olympic championships. The U.S. men’s national team, in comparison, has never even reached the World Cup finals. On Thursday, soccer player Hope Solo and her teammates spoke to Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today Show.”

Hope Solo: “I’ve been on this team now for a decade and a half, and I’ve been through numerous CBA negotiations. And honestly, not much has changed. We continue to be told we should be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer and to get paid for doing it. And in this day and age, you know, it’s about equality. It’s about equal rights. It’s about equal pay. And we’re pushing for that. And we believe now the time is right, because we believe it’s a responsibility for women’s sports, and specifically for women’s soccer, to really do whatever it takes to push for equal pay and equal rights and to be treated with respect.”

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