Saturday, July 24, 2021

US women’s soccer team’s fight for equal pay resurfaces heading toward Tokyo Olympics

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When the final whistle blew in the Stade de Lyon in France, the United States women’s soccer team stormed the pitch. After 90 minutes of the biggest match of their lives, the team was ready to lift the 2019 World Cup trophy after defeating the Netherlands, 2-0.

The on-field celebrations that year were much of the same: hugs, tears, cheering. But, in the stands, something was different. Instead of the usual “U-S-A” chants, the crowd yelled “Equal Pay!”

The team’s fight for its fourth World Cup had just ended, but a new battle had just begun.

As the United States Women’s National Team team now readies for its path to Tokyo, where they will vie to be the first team in women’s soccer history to win a World Cup and Olympic gold back-to-back, the calls for equal pay for women in sports have reignited.

The dialogue resurfaced with last week’s release . . .

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