U.S. Women’s Soccer Players’ Wage Discrimination Complaint: Women Players Paid Only 25% Of Male Players Despite Generating More Revenue
Five prominent members of the U.S. women’s soccer team have filed a wage discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The complaint is based on the disparity in pay between women and men players. Despite winning the last year’s Women’s World Cup and four Olympic gold medals, 2015 figures show that they were paid nearly four times less than men’s players despite generating much more revenue.
The U.S women’s team has not only enjoyed success on the field, they have been successful at the ticket booth and in generating television ratings. According to the Washington Post, the team’s 5-2 win over Japan in last year’s World Cup final was the second-most-watched soccer match in U.S. television history, with 25.4 million viewers. The game was also the largest television audience involving a U.S. national team. The largest audience for a U.S. men’s game was 18.2 million for a USA-Portugal World Cup match in 2014.
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