Despite the fact that the United States women's soccer team is blowing the men's team out of the water in terms of international success and consistency, it appears that US Soccer isn't putting them on the same plane as their male counterparts.
The women's team decided to celebrate International Women's Day by taking US Soccer to task over this, as all 28 members of the team are filing a gender discrimination lawsuit in federal court.
NEWS: All 28 members of the world champion @USWNT this morning filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer in federal court. The suit is a class action, and could grow to include dozens of former members of the team. https://t.co/kFb7nHAd1P— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) March 8, 2019
The federation is accused of allowing "institutionalized gender discrimination" to go on unabated for some time. The gap in how little they are paid as compared to the men's team was cited as one of the most important issues.
However, the team also cited medical care, coaching and traveling conditions as being inadequate as compared to the men's team.
This isn't the first time the USWNT has tried to get into a legal battle with the administrative powers in US Soccer, as they had previously sued for wage discrimination in 2016.
The USWNT lawsuit ends a 2016 wage discrimination complaint filed by some of the same players with the EEOC. One player told me they were basically tired of waiting. https://t.co/kFb7nHAd1P— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) March 8, 2019
Apparently constant success and accolades isn't enough for US Soccer to see the women's team in the same light as an underperforming men's team. Hopefully this lawsuit could break some ground in the USWNT's fight for equality.