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Women Football Worldcup: their pay would triple if they were men

Alex Morgan #13, Megan Rapinoe #15, and Allie Long #20 celebrate after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France on July 7, 2019. – Alex Morgan số 13, Megan Rapinoe số 15 và Allie Long số 20 ăn mừng sau World Cup FIFA 2019 tại Pháp vào ngày 7 tháng 7 năm 2019.

[Reading level: B2 – Upper Intermediate]

U.S. women World Cup winners, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, say they would be paid more than three times as much for their achievements if they were men.


The soccer players fired back on Monday at the U.S. Soccer Federation, which last week argued that Morgan and Rapinoe, as well as Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, couldn’t represent other female players in a lawsuit over unequal pay because they earned more than the highest-paid players on the men’s national team.


During the period in question, the women argued in a filing in federal court in Los Angeles, they played more games and won two World Cups, whereas the men’s team didn’t even qualify for the most recent World Cup tournament.


If the women had been paid at the same rate as the men, they said, Morgan would have made $4.1 million from March 30, 2014, through Monday, rather than the $1.2 million she made on the national team, and Rapinoe $3.7 million instead of $1.2 million.


“The notion that a woman has to work two jobs to have a chance to make what a male earns at a single job is not only legally wrong under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act, it is morally repugnant,” their lawyers said.


When comparing the four women’s pay with that of their male counterparts, the federation highlighted their income from the teams they play with in the National Women’s Soccer League, their lawyers said. The men’s pay from their professional teams wasn’t included in that comparison, according to the women’s lawyers.


Morgan said in court filings that her employment with any domestic or foreign professional team is a separate issue from the compensation she receives for her appearances on the national team.


An attorney for the U.S. Soccer Federation didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the players’ arguments.


In their March lawsuit, which seeks monetary damages, the women’s team accused U.S. Soccer of continually shortchanging them despite their greater on-field success compared to the higher-paid men’s players. Job conditions, including the types of surfaces the teams play on, their travel arrangements and how U.S. Soccer promotes women’s games compared to men’s, are also unequal, according to the complaint.






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