“US Soccer is convinced that a standardized pay structure is the best way forward for the sport in the United States,” the federation said in a statement.
The federation also wants to make efforts to equalize the prize money during the World Cup finals. During the 2019 Women’s World Cup, countries distributed more than 25 million euros, and men received more than 338 million euros in prize money the previous year.
The current employment contracts for the national teams expire at the end of this year, and negotiations are now underway.
American football star Megan Rapinoe has been fighting for equal pay for men and women for years. “I am neither respected nor ignored because I am a woman,” Rapinoe said earlier this year. “And I was told I don’t earn more because I’m a woman. For every tournament we win, there’s a lot more, for every win, for every game, we get less.”
Rapinoe, who became world champion in 2015 and 2019 with ‘Team USA’, is an outspoken activist who, in addition to fighting for equal pay, is committed to the LGBTI movement.
President Joe Biden has always said that his administration is committed to equal pay for men and women. “It’s about justice, it’s about justice, it’s about living our values,” Biden said. His wife, Jill, said on Equal Pay Day: “Doing the same work means getting the same pay no matter who does the work,” the first lady said.
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