Manchin introduces bill pressuring US Soccer to increase women's pay

Megan Rapinoe helped the United States win the Women's World Cup. Now she's delivering a message to President Donald Trump

Megan Rapinoe helped the United States win the Women's World Cup. Now she's delivering a message to President Donald Trump

There was more to celebrate than soccer Wednesday at the ticker-tape parade for the World Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team.

Fans of the World Cup champion us women's national soccer team chanted "Equal Pay!" as Cordeiro spoke at a celebration of the team at New York's City Hall.

"I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women's Soccer Team could one day make the USA women's team and not get paid the same as the men's team".

FILE - In this October 10, 2017, photo, USA player Christian Pulisic, (10) is comforted by assistant coach Dave Sarachan after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Couva, Trinidad.

For example, there was a $730,000 gender pay gap in 2019 U.S. World Cup bonuses, according to The Guardian.

All together, members of the US women's team might make around $400,000 each in 2019, and some star players with lucrative endorsement deals could earn over $1 million.

Critics of Team USA's fight for equal pay are quick to point out that Federation Internationale de Football Association, which runs the men's and women's World Cups and awards the prize money, made $6 billion in revenues from the men's tournament in 2018, compared to perhaps $130 million for this year's women's World Cup.

Manchin said the bill was prompted out of a letter he received from WVU women's soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown.

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Ellis hopes the 2019 tournament will further help raise the profile of the women's game. According to Narcotta-Welp, FIFA won't take U.S. Soccer seriously until it fields a formidable men's team that can compete on the worldwide stage.

Rapinoe became one of the tournament's most outspoken stars, as the U.S.co-captain scored the first goal in the final from the penalty spot against the Dutch. For despite being ranked the first in the world, the female soccer players get paid far less than their male counterparts, who are now ranked 30th.

During her one-on-one interview on Anderson Cooper 360, the host asked Rapinoe whether her team would accept an invitation to visit the White House, in light of Trump previously saying that he will extend an invite after the game regardless of whether they win or lose.

Rapinoe told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that Trump had yet to invite the women's soccer team to the White House. "I think that the USSF has consistently used the women as a way to propel the men's team into visibility - financial visibility, spectatorship visibility", she says. "By the way, they play it better", Cuomo said during a press conference.

With regards exclusively to the World Cup, the champions of the men's team would make more money relative to the champions of the women's. "It's about what you stand for off the field", Cordeiro said. "I mean, that's ultimately the building block you build on".

Star Megan Rapinoe, the Golden Boot and Golden Ball victor at the 2019 World Cup, used her platform immediately following the competition to call for changes as well.

Ongoing conversations about a pay gap started in the months leading up to the tournament, and led 28 members of the US women's national team - including Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan - to take legal action over pay disparity and working conditions. "At this moment, they are cultural icons and should be paid as such".

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