Women’s soccer players make WAY more money for the US soccer federation but earn 44% less– and now they’re suing for equality

In simple terms: The men earned four times as much to lose a tournament as the women earned to win the whole thing. Read the US women’s statement after the jump. And that’s not all: women’s physical playing conditions are different in one important way from the men’s.

Gifs: Today.com


“The pay gap does not affect all women the same way.”

Aug. 23 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the additional time it takes for black women to earn what white men earn in a year. To put it simply, it takes 20 months for a black woman to earn the same wages as a white man earns in 12.

According to the Center for American Progress, black women earn about 60% of what white men earn. The percentage is strikingly low in comparison to the 79% wage difference when grouping all women together. 

Fusion contextualized the wage disparities by doing the math for some of the richest and most famous black women, like Beyoncé and Halle Berry. 

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But the wage gap varies significantly by race, according to an analysis from the research organization AAUW. While white women experienced that 78 percent figure, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women made 65 percent of what white men made in 2013, African-American women made 64 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native women made 59 percent, and Hispanic women made just 54 percent. Asian-American women are the only group doing better than white women, making 90 percent of white men’s earnings.

Woah, staggering.

Hey everyone! Betsey Stevenson here from President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. In honor of Women’s Equality Day, I’ll be taking over I Love Charts to tell the story of the progress we’ve made in closing the earnings gap between women and men, and the challenges women still face in the workforce. 

Let’s get started. Our first chart shows how women are increasingly contributing to family income and now make up about half the workforce. Since 2000, women’s labor force participation has dropped slightly, but most of that is because of cyclical factors and an aging population. While older women participate in the workforce at lower rates than younger women, the percent of older women who are working has increased since the mid-1990s, partially offsetting the overall decline.

At the other end of the spectrum, young women are more likely to be enrolled in school than they were a generation ago, and that’s good news. Since students (even ones who work part-time) are not considered to be in the labor force, increased school enrollment will depress the participation rate.

Wanna wonk out some more on this stuff? Check out our report on “Women’s Participation in Education and the Workforce.”


Today is Equal Pay Day: the day when women, on average, catch up to what men earned for the same work in the previous year. For women of color, the pay gap is even wider. 

Women are the primary breadwinners in more than 40% of households with children. And the gender gap affects trans* people, too. Eliminating the pay gap and ensuring all people make 100% of the wages they earn isn’t just a women’s issue — it’s critical for all of us.

It’s 2015. It’s time to close the gap. 

I came across this picture a few weeks ago on Reddit. It’s pretty funny, when you think about it, how much of what Bernie wants to do isn’t the least bit radical.

He wants to:

  • Break up the big banks 
  • Make all public colleges and universities tuition free 
  • Raise the minimum wage 
  • Expand Social Security
  • Change to a single-payer healthcare system
  • Guarantee paid parental, sick, and vacation leave
  • Ensure that women get equal pay for equal work

How does he plan to fund all these “extreme” ideas? By taxing the wealthy and reducing the military budget.

Seriously. Even the “cons” are actually “pros”. A cost-benefit analysis is all about what you are getting for what you are giving up, but I’m not sure we’re really giving anything up in this exchange. I’m all for taxing the wealthy, particularly since they are currently paying significantly lower percentages than their employees. And with the military, he’s been one of the staunchest supporters of veterans, so we know this is about not getting into wars, not about abandoning the troops who served.


Watch Jason Chaffetz React As He’s Accused Of ‘Beating Up On A Woman’ Over Her Pay

WASHINGTON – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) laid into Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday for grilling Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards over her salary – something she suggested he wouldn’t have done had Richards been a man.

Don’t mess with Carolyn Maloney.