New goal: U. S. women'south soccer eyes equal pay

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:41 AM

S. Women'south National Team (USWNT) have filed a lawsuit demanding pay parity from U. S. soccer'south governing body. The five players who filed the suit against the U.

New goal: U. S. women'south soccer eyes equal pay

Key members of the U. S. Women'south National Team (USWNT) have filed a lawsuit demanding pay parity from U. S. soccer'south governing body.

The five players who filed the suit against the U. S. Soccer Federation, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn, did so through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal body that tackles workplace discrimination.

They declare that they filed the complaint on behalf on the all team, which sometimes earns as tiny as between a half and a quarter of their male counterparts, depending on bonuses.

The case should be the valid equivalent of an open goal, some analysts say. Not only are the U. S. women much more successful than the men, they also generate much more income for U. S. Soccer.

"It'south been noted... that the women'south team itself has generated more money by far -- by $20 million in two thousand-fifteenth than the men'south team did," sportscaster, journalist and author John Bacon tells CNN'south Natalie Allen.

Serial winners

The USWNT, which has been serially successful, winning three World Cups -- it's the current holder -- and four Olympic golds, including the London Olympics in two thousand-twelfth, claims that its winning ways should translate into equal pay.

Despite being distant more successful on the field, the complaint alleges that the women'south team earns around a quarter of its male counterpart, which has a solitary Olympic silver medal to indicate for their century-plus history of competing -- and that came in one thousand nine hundred-fourth, in St Louis.

Men'south soccer stars Tim Howard and Landon Donovan have arrive out of support of this motion, Bacon says, and this action "has the support, I think, of nearly the entire nation."

The timing "couldn't be better," Bacon says, this coming as gender pay gaps have become a hot-button issue in the upcoming Presidential election.

I think their odds of winning are excellent... any logical reason that you can give me that they're not to be paid the same simply breaks down very quickly, so you're going to hear al kinds of crazy stuff ... (but) the women have, in my opinion, a rock-solid case."

Trace blazers

Bacon compares the motion as similar to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, and Billie Jean King in one thousand nine hundred seventy-second campaigning for equal rights for tennis players.

"This will have ripples that latest for years."

The motion certainly has already caught the attention of the two Democrats vying for their party'south nomination, with both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton tweeting support for the suit.

Sanders said, via Twitter, that the time for pay parity was "long overdue," and that he felt that the USWNT suit would be a success.

Clinton added her voice to the debate, tweeting that she "wouldn't wish to face these women on the field or in the courtroom," adding that "every woman deserves equal pay."

The three Republican candidates, however, didn't mention the decision on their social media accounts.

The suit comes hot on the heels of the resignation of a prominent tennis figure, Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore, who said that the Women'south Tennis Organization (WTA) "ride on the coattails of the men."

The furore swelled to envelop one of the sport'south most successful male athletes, Novak Djokovic, who was forced to backtrack on comments he made, saying the attendance and "attention," that the men'south tour generated meant that he felt those players deserved more money.

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