Strike!

U.S. women soccer players hint at Olympics boycott over equal pay

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Several members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, which filed a wage-discrimination lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month, have hinted that they might consider a strike or even boycott of the Olympics this year if they don’t see their demands met. While Alex Morgan told NBC’s Matt Lauer they filed their complaint with the Commission to avoid this, the team’s co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn claimed a boycott of the Rio Olympics was still a possibility. ”We are reserving every right to do so and we’re leaving every avenue open. If nothing has changed and we don’t feel any progress has been made, then it’s a conversation that we’re gonna have,” She told ESPNW’s Julie Foudy.

Sauerbrunn explained that the team’s complaint does not only address the pay inequality but also other discrimination issues, such as the fact that — unlike the men’s team, which has a less stellar track record —  they are regularly asked to play games on artificial turf. Carli Lloyd published a New York Times Op-Ed on Monday, revealing that the team had considered a strike over those same issues some two years ago, before the Algarve Cup, another important tournament, but claimed that “we weren’t completely united then and wound up backing down.”

The Washington Post argues, however, that boycotting a high-profile tournament like the Olympics could possibly cost the sport’s most popular and successful team dearly, in terms of public opinion.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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