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Report: US Women’s Soccer Team Files Gender Discrimination Suit Against US Soccer Federation on International Women’s Day

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | March 8, 2019 | 2:31 PM EST

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Members of the World Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team, including Whitney Engen (Right), are viewed as crowds cheer as they make their way up The Canyon of Heroes along Broadway during a ticker-tape parade on July 10, 2015 in New York City. Following the parade the team celebrated at ceremony at City Hall. According to city records, New York City has hosted 205 parades since 1886 along the Canyon of Heroes, which is located along Broadway between the Battery and City Hall. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The members of the United States women’s national soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation on International Women’s Day.

The suit was “a sudden and significant escalation of a long-running fight over pay equity and working conditions that comes only months before the team will begin defense of its Women’s World Cup title,” reports The New York Times. “[F]iled in United States District Court in Los Angeles, the 28 players accused the federation — their employer and the governing body for soccer in the United States — of years of what they labeled ‘institutionalized gender discrimination.’”

Fox Business reports that the women’s soccer squad is suing the U.S. Soccer Federation, “claiming they are not paid the same as their counterparts on the Men’s National Team despite performing the same duties – perhaps more successfully.”

Fox Business’ reporting echoes The New York Times, which notes, “The women’s players argue that they are required to play more games than the men’s team, win more of them, and yet still receive lesser pay from the federation.”

“International Women’s Day (IWD),” according to the International Women’s Day about page, “is celebrated annually on March 8, [and] has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911.”

What is IWD,” you might ask? The about page explains further:

“International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

“No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

“International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continue's to grow from strength to strength. Learn about the values that guide IWD's ethos.”


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