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The US Women’s Soccer Team is the most watched soccer team in American sports history– and the female players STILL get paid less than men

Lloyd and Sauerbrunn are among the five players who filed a wage discrimination complaint against U.S. Soccer in March. After winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the team made $2 million, while the men’s team made $8 million after losing in 2014. Now they’re speaking up again because it’s really important you don’t forget about them.

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During his freshman year at UCLA, Jrue Holiday went to watch a women’s basketball game. While he was approaching his seat in the stands, a young fan stopped him to ask whether he was Darren Collison and whether she could get his autograph.

He explained that he wasn’t Collison and went to take his seat when a woman behind him said with a smile, “Don’t worry, you’re cuter than Darren is.”

That woman was Lauren Cheney, whom you now know as Lauren Holiday. Star midfielder on the U.S women’s soccer team, former UCLA standout and clearly a master pickup artist.

—  How Jrue Holiday Became The USWNT’s Biggest Fan
The mandated minimum salary for a National Women’s Soccer League player remains $6,842 a year, well below the Federal poverty line of $11,770. By contrast, the men’s MLS minimum is $60,000. And while the current champion USWNT took home $1.8 million for winning the World Cup, which they shared among 23 players and their support staff, the men’s team (which lost and is ranked 32nd by FIFA) took home $9 million. In aggregate, women’s soccer players earn an astonishing 98.6 percent less than their male counterparts.

5 inequalities female athletes still face — even as world champions 

Despite the U.S. women’s soccer teams’ incredible accomplishment and clear skill, these illustrious players still faced abundant inequality based on their gender alone. And they’re hardly the only ones. Aside from the wage gap and media representation, women soccer players were forced to play in worse conditions.

But really it’s more about how it affected the next game. Fast-forward to the Germany game. My midfield is fading a little bit. And we have to decide who we put in. I said to my assistants, ‘You know, we need a “bitch”: Get Kelley.’ And I called Kelley to make sure I could say that about her. She’s an absolute sweetheart, but she’s a fierce competitor and in that moment we needed some grit-in-your-s—, let’s-get-it-done ladies. So I put her in the game, and freaking five minutes later, she scores a goal.

Jill Ellis, explaining her decision to put Kelley O’Hara in the semifinal match against Germany in the 2015 World Cup. 

“How a World Cup Crisis Brought Out the Best in the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team” / Kate Fagan

U.S. women’s team files wage-discrimination action vs. U.S. Soccer 

“Among the numbers cited in the EEOC filing: The women would earn $99,000 each if they won 20 friendlies, the minimum number they are required to play in a year. But the men would likely earn $263,320 each for the same feat, and would get $100,000 even if they lost all 20 games. Additionally, the women get paid nothing for playing more than 20 games, while the men get between $5,000 and $17,625 for each game played beyond 20.

“Every single day, we sacrifice just as much as the men. We work just as much,” Morgan told “Today.” “We endure just as much physically and emotionally. Our fans really do appreciate us every day for that. We saw that with the high of last summer. We’re really asking, and demanding now, that our federation, and our employer really, step up and appreciate us as well.”

The pay for playing in the World Cup is also greatly disparate, according to the figures. The U.S. women received a team total of $2 million when it won the World Cup last year in Canada. Yet when the U.S. men played in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, the team earned a total of $9 million despite going just 1-2-1 and being knocked out in the round of 16.

“We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the [men] get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships,” Solo said.

In a conference call with reporters, Kessler said, “The reality is that this team is more valuable to the USSF than the men’s team has been. That’s what the facts show. And they would be justified in asking for more than the men are receiving. But the first step that they are seeking is equal treatment. That should be an easy step for the USSF to take.”

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A Soccer Love Story by @onebigroughdraft

Meet Lexa Woods: star of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, trying to lead her team to another Olympic gold medal. Meet Clarke Griffin: new team doctor, and the only one capable of turning the world-class athlete into a stuttering, clumsy fool. It’s a soccer love story, ya’ll.

Senate Passes Equal Pay Resolution For U.S. Women Soccer Stars
U.S. Women's National Team players say they are paid 25 percent less than members of the men's team.

The U.S. Women’s National Team gained another ally in its fight for equal pay on Thursday, when the Senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling on the U.S. Soccer Federation to “immediately end gender pay inequity and to treat all athletes with the respect and dignity those athletes deserve.”

How Women and Girls Are Marching Toward Equity in Sports

Tthe United States has a long way to go in order to achieve gender equity in sports. Girls have 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play high school sports than boys have and are offered only 43 percent of the opportunities to play sports in college. Despite the passage of Title IX, many girls and young women lack access to safe practice conditions, appropriate equipment, reliable transportation to and from games, and the funds needed to participate in organized athletics. These setbacks cause girls to drop out of sports at twice the rate that boys do.

Though there’s still much more work to be done, it’s important to celebrate the recent progress that has been made in women’s sports. Here are a few of the most notable recent wins for women athletes.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Dominates

Wins: In 2015 the U.S. women’s national soccer team became national heroes after their show-stopping performance in the Women’s FIFA World Cup broke television ratings records. Team members were featured in advertisements and Alex Morgan became the first woman on the cover of EA Sports’ FIFA video game. Even President Barack Obama commented on how “badass” this team is.

Losses: Despite the team’s accomplishments and the overall increase in popularity of women’s soccer, the general media coverage of women’s sports remains depressing. In 2014, ESPN’s SportsCenter dedicated just 2 percent of its airtime to women’s sports. Additionally, compared to their male counterparts, women soccer players are paid significantly less and exposed to poor practice conditions. Abby Wambach, the team’s former captain, was paid far less in her career than her male peers were, despite having scored more goals than any man or woman in professional soccer history. 

Serena Williams Continues to Crush It

Wins: Williams was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year in 2015, making her the first woman in more than three decades to nab the title as well as the first solo woman of color to ever hold the honor. As the number one women’s tennis player in the world, Williams earns more than $13 million in endorsements and is a trailblazer for women athletes all over the world. She continues to empower girls and women, especially women of color, every step of the way.

Losses: Even with her many achievements, Williams often receives harsh media criticism about her body image and physique. Williams is also subjected to limitations on her ability to obtain endorsements and is paid less than professional male tennis players. Her endorsements fade in comparison to male tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, who made $28 million over the last year, and Roger Federer, who was paid $58 million in endorsements.

Women Coaches Gain Visibility

Wins: It’s no secret that there is a lack of women’s representation and visibility in major sports, but a few coaches are challenging the traditional notion of what it takes to be a leader and coach in men’s professional leagues. Across the country, women are getting hired to coach men’s professional sports teams. Last year, Jen Welter became the first female assistant coaching intern in the NFL and Kathryn Smith was hired as the league’s first full-time woman coach.

Losses: Even with the progress that has been made in hiring women coaches, professional leagues have a long way to go to reach gender equity. Women lack serious leadership roles in professional sports leagues across the board and remain vastly underrepresented on the coaching staff of both men’s and women’s professional teams.

Women’s Hockey League Is Finally a Thing

Wins: In case you missed it: There is now a professional women’s hockey league in the United States. That’s right; for the first time ever, professional women’s hockey players will be paid for their talents on the ice. This is big!

Losses: As in other women’s sports, reaching equality in athletics doesn’t just stop with the creation of a league. Women hockey players face one of the most dramatic pay disparities in professional sports, with the typical player being paid a meager average annual salary of just $15,000. Hilary Knight, one of the most talented and experienced players in the National Women’s Hockey League, will be paid only $22,000 this season. This salary is just a quarter of 1 percent of what Patrice Bergeron, the highest-paid player on the Boston Bruins, will make this year. Ouch.

The recent achievements of women in sports show that women athletes are no longer sitting on the sidelines. But even my beloved March Madness has a long way to go to reach equity for women’s athletics. AAUW found a significant pay gap between coaches of men’s and women’s basketball teams, and a gender pay gap among graduates from nearly all the schools competing.

Title IX is best known for helping to ensure gender equity in athletics, but the law goes deeper than sports, preventing sexual discrimination in all areas of education. Title IX requires that every school designate at least one employee to coordinate the school’s compliance; however, many coordinators don’t have the resources to do their job effectively. In some cases, many don’t know they’ve been assigned the role. Help AAUW enforce this critical law by pledging to deliver resources from the U.S. Department of Education to your school’s Title IX coordinator.

This blog was written by AAUW Senior Program Association of Campus Leadership Programs Paige Robnett.