Just three days after winning the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team took to the streets of New York City to celebrate their succes. On Wednesday, July 10, millions of beings converged on the Canyon of Heroes — a extend of Broadway between Battery Park and City hall — to shower the team with confetti and encourage them on. But these tweets about the procession prove that New Yorkers weren’t simply there to celebrate the team’s latest trophy; they were also applauding the U.S. Women’s fight for equal repay.
The U.S. Women’s National Team( USWNT) has required equal pay for years, per Refinery2 9, but they’re currently taking this struggle to the next statu. On July 7, the USWNT won the FIFA Football world cup for a whopping fourth duration( and the second time in a row) — and according to BuzzFeed News, fans immediately broke out into melodies of “equal pay! “ It instantly became clear that the team was seeking more than a succes; it demanded justice.
According to Vox, this year’s USWNT is only the second women’s team in American biography to get a ticker tape parade in Manhattan, after getting one four years ago for its 2015 Football world cup succes. But the football team’s members miss more than just a procession. They also miss a foster, and they’re well on their lane to getting one. All 28 members of the team filed a settle discrimination prosecution against the United State Soccer Federation( USSF) in March, alleging that they are paid less than actors on the men’s national crew despite generating more receipt. In May 2019, the USSF formally disclaimed allegations of gender discrimination, reported.
In the lawsuit, the USWNT alleged that they were making exactly 38% of what their male equivalents realise for certain competitions. The crew representatives too claimed that they drew large gatherings and played more tournaments than the men’s national crew, despite the USSF’s alleged allocation of fewer riches to promoting the women’s games. In June — more than three months after the lawsuit was registered — the USWNT and the USSF reached an agreement to pursue mediation next following the World Cup. So we might be hearing more about this process now that the team has returned from France.
Mediation or no, the USWNT is certainly not alone in advocating for equal salary. During Wednesday’s ticker tape parade, numerous attendees drew clues advocating for equal liquidate — and even people who couldn’t be there in person assembled the calls for gender equality on social media.
Before the parade even started, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ratified a law that he said would eliminate a loophole that still enables some wage discrimination in his state. Then, during the ticker tape parade, New York City first lady Chirlane McCray told the crowd that “our champs have shown us — and they are still showing us — how to stand together, crusaded harder and win for equal rights, social right, and equal wage .”
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on July 9, USWNT co-captain Megan Rapinoe explained that she and her teammates want to go to Washington D.C. to talk to lawmakers about equal liquidate, the opioid epidemic, and other issues they care about. That’s why some crew members have already accepted invitations from Democrat such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to visit Capitol Hill. However, Rapinoe reiterated that she had no desire to go to the White House because “there are so many other people that I would rather talk to and have meaningful conferences that could really feign change in Washington.”
Everyone from 12 -year-old soccer supporters to seasoned politicians participated the USWNT in name for equal offer during the ticker tape parade, and the parade will certainly be not be the last time we hear about this fight for gender equality. As one signaling from the ceremony route made clear, “parades are cool but equal bribe is cooler! “