Senator introduces USWNT equal pay bill after letter from NCAA coach

The U.S. women's national team was feted with a parade in New York City after winning the World Cup in 2015

The U.S. women's national team was feted with a parade in New York City after winning the World Cup in 2015

Manchin has introduced a bill on the Senate floor which says federal funding for hosting the 2026 World Cup will be withheld until the USWNT is paid on equal terms with the men.

"I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women's Soccer Team could one day make the US women's team and not get paid the same as the men's team".

"They shouldn't have to win a title to get paid the right amount", said Jessica Hicks, a New Jersey teacher who was watching the parade with her 14-year-old daughter Aria.

The win against the Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday gave the US team their fourth victory in the tournament.

Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored against the Netherlands, making for the second consecutive World Cup win for Team USA. "So I think in a lot of ways, this team has been, I guess you could call it, single destiny with this fight for equal pay".

There are arguments being made both that the women's team is underpaid based on its performance, and that the team is actually overpaid based on the amount of revenue the sport of women's soccer generates.

"It is time for the Federation to correct this disparity once and for all".

"If there's any economic rationale, the men should get paid less than the women". Huge pay raises need to be falling into their laps next. Forbes estimates that the 2018 men's World Cup in Russian Federation brought in $6 billion in revenue compared to an expected total of $131 million for this year's tournament in France.

The United States is scheduled to host the 2026 men's World Cup in conjunction with Mexico and Canada.

The U.S. players filed a lawsuit against the U.S. soccer federation in March with their financial demands. However, that would still be far less than the $440 million allotted for male players in the 2022 World Cup.

The total prize money for the 2022 men's World Cup will be $440 million, while the 2019 women's World Cup doled out $30 million in prize money, including $4 million to the winning team. But no one, he said, has put it into better words than US player Megan Rapinoe, one of the (controversial) stars of this year's tournament.

"What are we going to do about it?" "That's just plain wrong", he said in a statement.

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