U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D., Vermont) introduced a resolution on Monday calling on FIFA to pay men and women equally.
The United States women's national team won the World Cup earlier this month and was given $2 million as a reward. But Germany's men's team earned $35 million for winning the World Cup in 2014, while the U.S. men's national team took home $9 million after losing in the round of 16.
Leahy urged FIFA to address the pay gap.
“The United States women’s soccer team and all World Cup champions should be rewarded for their performance, for their grit, and for their teamwork, rather than devalued for their gender,” Leahy said.
The resolution calls for FIFA to "immediately eliminate gender pay inequity" and "treat all athletes with the respect and dignity those athletes deserve."
In his remarks on the Senate floor, Leahy praised Wimbledon for allocating equal prize money to winners of the men's and women's tournaments. Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic won the women's and men's competitions, respectively, at Wimbledon last weekend.
Watch video of Leahy's Senate speech below, courtesy of ThinkProgress.
- Stanley Kay