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The World Cup winning U.S. women's soccer team at a ticker tape parade in New York in 2015. (Getty Images)

Fair pay

Alex Morgan leads U.S. women’s soccer into the World Cup — and in the battle for equal pay

By WITW Staff on May 29, 2019

With the Women’s World Cup just weeks away, U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan and her teammates are working to score their second consecutive world championship title — and equal pay with the U.S. men’s team.

In a TIME cover story, Morgan said, “Eventually, you just have to take a stand.”

Indeed, the American women’s team roundly outperforms the men’s team — the men failed to qualify the last World Cup while the women won it — but the men make much more money. On March 8, International Women’s Day, the women took action, filing a federal gender-discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation, the national governing body for the sport.

Morgan’s name was listed first in the lawsuit, which accuses the federation of paying “only lip service to gender equality,” according to TIME. The federation denied unlawful conduct in a legal filing, according to TIME, attributing any pay discrepancies to “differences in the aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex.”

The American women’s team not only scores big wins, but major viewers. In 2015, around 25 million people watched the U.S. women win the World cup, beating Japan in the final — a record U.S. audience for any soccer game — according to TIME.

Women are rallying around Morgan and her team’s cause. In April, at an exhibition game in Los Angeles, Eva Longoria, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner, Uzo Aduba, and Natalie Portman attended with T-shirts emblazoned with the words, “Time’s Up Pay Up.”

Read the full story at TIME.

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