Members of the U.S. Womenâs Soccer Team say they want fair pay, thatâs why they have reportedly threatened to boycott the Olympics and also why midfielder Megan Rapinoe is speaking at Hillary Clintonâs Glassdoor Roundtable in New York City.
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âWe want to bring light to this issue not only for us and for the inequality that we face, but just as a paradigm shift for womenâs football, womenâs sports and ultimately women in general,â she told the FOX Business Networkâs Adam Shapiro.
Even though the women raked in $20 million more than the U.S. menâs team during the World Cup, the alleged pay gap between men and women is said to have been a result of better contract negotiations.
âThereâs going to be years where we generate more revenue than they did, as in the last year, and thereâs going to be years when they generate more revenue than we do and thatâs OK. In terms of negotiations -- itâs a little difficult when youâre negotiating from an unfair playing field,â she said.
Comparatively, in the 1990âs womenâs soccer gained popularity with Mia Hamm leading the U.S Womenâs team to numerous victories, including the first World Cup in China and Olympic Gold in 1996.
Rapinoe says even after twenty years in âa manâs world,â Hillary Clinton has what it takes to change the mentality on pay inequality.
âTo be a woman in this manâs world of politics and to be able to fight her way to the top -- I think thatâs one of the issues sheâs bringing with her,â she said.