For a while, the US women''s National Soccer Team has been on a crusade for equal pay. Megan Rapinoe has been an integral part of those efforts. Today, it finally paid off, as US Soccer announced the pay structure for the upcoming World Cup.
According to ESPN, the organization will divide earnings for both the mens and womens teams equally. The move has been a long awaited. Besides the World Cup payouts, national team members will receive equal appearance and game bonuses as well as other commercial revenues.
Cindy Parlow Cone, the president of the United States Soccer Association, wrote a letter stating that the historic transaction was a huge challenge. Cone said that the women''s team has served as an inspiration for change around the globe. It was finally time to do the right thing for the players that created such a powerful program.
This is a profound transformation. Soccer and our players have transformed the game for the first time in the world, with the aim of provoking change.
After the World Cup game, the US Women''s National Team chanted for equal pay. Shortly after, they filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation. They accused the organization of institutionalized gender discrimination.
The settlement of a $24 million settlement was initially made available, and the agreement is now here. This is a massive landmark for women''s sports in the United States, and it has taken years of hard work to complete.