Democrats' Bill Will Kill Men's Soccer Until Women Get Equal Pay

  • 07/24/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Democrats' Bill Will Kill Men's Soccer Until Women Get Equal Pay
Jamie Smed from Cincinnati, Ohio [CC BY 2.0 (]

Congresswomen Doris Matsui and Rosa DeLauro introduced a bill yesterday to block federal funding of the men's World Cup until the U.S. Women's National Team receives "fair and equitable wages compared to the US men's team."

The upcoming World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States. (The Hill)

"The U.S. Women's National Team united our country and inspired the next generation of young women to pursue their dreams," Matsui said in a statement.

"Most importantly, stars like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Rose Lavelle have used their stardom to elevate the issue of pay inequality in this country and inspire women across the nation to demand no less than what they deserve – equal pay for equal work," she added.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) endorsed the measure. "We urge House members to join in co-sponsoring this legislation and hope that the GOALS Act is quickly adopted into law, and we look forward to working with Reps. Matsui and DeLauro on this important piece of legislation," a spokesperson said in a statement.

The bill follows the introduction of a similar measure in the Senate by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) shortly after the U.S. women's team won the World Cup earlier this month. Manchin said the bill was inspired by a letter from West Virginia University's women's soccer head coach, Nikki Izzo-Brown. 

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