Five players from the U.S. women’s national soccer team are up in arms over pay. The reigning Women’s World Cup and Olympic champions filed a federal complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) of wage discrimination.
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“We have always had to fight with them for better pay and better conditions and more things for the women’s side and their argument has always been that you don’t bring in the revenue,” said retired U.S. Soccer goalkeeper Briana Scurry to the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.
Even though the women attracted record breaking viewership during the Women’s World Cup and raked in $20 million more than the U.S. men’s team, the USSF’s 2015 financial report showed that the women’s team – which included soccer stars Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan – were paid a quarter of what the men earned, according to ESPN.
“With these new numbers it’s clear to see now that the women do in fact bring in the revenue and also if you look at those stats, their fiscal year 2017 showing the women [are] going to make between six to eight million dollars more than the men,” she said.
Scurry’s soccer career ended with a head injury in 2010. She is now a concussion advocate and also travels around the U.S. talking to different businesses and universities about her journey and leadership.