Seeking back pay of $66 million under the US Equal Pay Act the United states women’s national soccer team (USWNT) suffered a huge setback.
Star players Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan both were surprised by Judge Klausner’s decision holding that their case for claiming equal wages, was unwarranted because there was evidence the women had previously turned down an offer in the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations to be paid along the lines of the US men’s team.
To which Rapinoe said, “The men’s contract was never offered to us and certainly not the same amount of money”. Adding that, “I think so many women can understand what this feeling is of going into a negotiation, knowing equal pay is not on the table, knowing anywhere close to your male counterparts is not even on the table “.
While star Morgan said: “We were just shocked. This decision was out of left field for us. I think for both sides it was very unexpected. We will definitely be appealing and moving forward. If anyone knows anything about the heart of this team, we are fighters and we will continue to fight together for this.”
USWNT clinched back to back World Cup titles and has been a constant talent factory for women soccer across the globe. USWNT ‘s case might spark many feminist-based organizations to come forward and plead for the cause which has dethroned them for their actual status since centuries.