The U.S. women’s national team won 13-0 against Thailand in their first match in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday. In light of their incredible victory — it was a record win in both men’s and women’s World Cup history — people want to know why they’re paid so much less than the men’s national team.
Player Alex Morgan alone managed to score a record five times during the match. To put the team’s 13 goals into perspective, the U.S. men’s national team scored 12 in their last three World Cup attempts combined.
So yeah, this is pretty freaking impressive.
The women’s national team actively wins more than the men’s team, but they’re still fighting for equal pay. In 2016, they were given raises after filing a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, but despite the collective bargaining, they still weren’t paid as much as the men’s team. The complaint noted that the women’s team generated almost $20 million more in revenue than the men’s team did in 2015, but the women’s team was paid a quarter of what the men’s salary was.
The women’s team escalated the fight for equal pay this year and sued the U.S. Soccer Federation — on International Women’s Day, to really drive in the point — for “institutional gender discrimination.” The Federation argued that the two teams are paid differently because they’re “performing different work … that require different obligations and responsibilities.”