Former Vice President Joe Biden has joined other Democratic presidential hopefuls in offering support for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in its fight for equal pay, saying in a tweet, “In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men.”
Presidential candidates including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders have all signed a letter to the U.S. Soccer Federation to demand that the U.S. Women’s National Team get paid on par with the men’s team, according to The Hill.
President Trump has reportedly declined to say if the women’s national soccer team should be paid the same as the men, saying, “We’ll talk about this later,” when asked by a reporter, according to The Hill.
The American women’s team roundly outperforms the men’s team — the men failed to qualify for the last World Cup while the women won it — but the men make much more money. On International Women’s Day, March 8, the women’s team filed a federal gender-discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation, the national governing body for the sport.
Good luck to the @USWNT as they take on Chile!
As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men. #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/bJQZm2aQMv
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 16, 2019
The lawsuit 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.
Read the full story at The Hill.