Women Athletes in Soccer, Hockey, Tennis Are Fighting for Equal Pay
U.S. women's soccer games have generated nearly $1 million more than men's, yet players make less than their male counterparts—so these athletes are fighting for pay equity in sports.
U.S. women’s soccer players are paid $31,250 less than men for making the World Cup, so the team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation over gender discrimination.
Former U.S. soccer captain Julie Foudy recently joined a panel of power women to discuss equal pay during the Women’s World Cup in France. The event was hosted by LUNA Bar, and included tennis star Venus Williams and U.S. hockey player Hilary Knight, who have led the fight to pay equity in their own sports.
“There was a time when I played that women had to retire just because they couldn’t afford it,” Foudy stated.
LUNA Bar also announced that it’s helping to close the pay gap in soccer by giving $21,250 to each U.S. player on the 2019 Women’s World Cup team.
“I think the U.S. Women’s National Team’s fight has obviously inspired more than just soccer players in the United States, more than just women in the United States,” Foudy said. “I think it’s really something that resonates globally given the time.”