Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Rapinoe: We Don't Want to Be 'Co-opted or Corrupted By This Administration'

Rapinoe: We Don't Want to Be 'Co-opted or Corrupted By This Administration'

"As I've grown up, I've watched this team over the years, and its just really cool to see this group of women continue to dominate in the field of women's soccer, and its just a bit inspiration for all of us", said Emilee Gooch, 17. New York City's first lady Chirlane McCray encouraged the crowd to chant, "USA, equal pay!" Fans chanted "equal pay" from the stands in France during the post-game celebration. "I don't think we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration".

A statue capturing the U.S. Women's World Cup victory over China was unveiled on July 10, 2019.

The Americans finally got the break they had been seeking in the 61st minute, when U.S. co-captain Alex Morgan was fouled in the penalty box by Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt. The federation will give the women bonuses about five times smaller than what the men would have earned for winning the World Cup.

In a court filing in response to the lawsuit, U.S. Soccer argued that the difference in pay between the men and women players is "based on differences in aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex". However, according to Wall Street Journal, the U.S. women's games generated about $50.8 million in revenue from 2016 to 2018, while the men's games earned a slightly lower $49.9 million during the same period.

The parade includes about a dozen floats from which players will bask in the adulation of their fans. Just like so many other Americans do when they come of age, ticker-tape parades even got their own vehicle.


"The whole issue of them getting equal pay is something that they do in the workplace", Gibbs says. The soccer federation and the plaintiffs tentatively agreed last month to mediation, which is expected to begin now that the World Cup is over.

"Everyone that I've talked to, yeah", she said. Bearing the US national team's crest - with a new fourth star representing the latest world title - the floats will also carry officials and dignitaries along the parade route.

Even before the World Cup ended, more than 50 members of Congress signed a letter sent by the Democratic Women's Caucus to U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro expressing disapproval of the "inequities in pay publicity and investment" that the U.S. women's team faces. "You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you", she said directly to the camera. "You need to do better for everyone".

In March 2019, all 28 members of the USWNT also filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, accusing it of "intentional gender discrimination".

For Narcotta-Welp, the general solution is simple, especially considering what the USA women's soccer team has done for the sport. "The women's soccer team plays the same game that the men's soccer players play - only better". "At this moment, they are cultural icons and should be paid as such".

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