Senate approves resolution for USWNT in wage dispute

Thursday May 26th, 2016

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The United States Senate approved a resolution on Thursday for the U.S. Soccer Federation to end pay inequity, reports The Huffington Post’s Travis Waldron.

On behalf of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, the Senate called upon U.S. Soccer to “immediately end gender pay inequity and to treat all athletes with the respect and dignity those athletes deserve.” The resolution was originally introduced by several senators earlier this month.

In March, USWNT players filed a wage discrimination complaint against the federation, in which they claimed they earned 25% less than players on the men’s national team. The USSF later said those numbers had been misinterpreted.

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On Thursday, Washington senator Patty Murray took to the Senate floor to advocate for the USWNT players.

“This isn’t just about the money,” Murray said. “It’s also about the message it sends to women and girls across our country and the world. “The pay gap between the men and women’s national soccer teams is emblematic of what is happening all across our country.”​

The resolution, which was passed without objection, is not at all binding. 

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