A six-year battle between the U.S. women’s national soccer team and the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal pay ended on Monday with a settlement of $24 million. The settlement is about one-third of the original damages sought by the players.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the agreement Tuesday, noting that it was committed to equal pay for male and female players going forward, including World Cup bonuses. In addition, $2 million of the $24 million will go to a fund to benefit players after they are done with professional soccer and provide money for charitable efforts to grow the sport among women.
While the soccer players decided to file suit against the Federation six years ago, their case drew global attention following their second straight world title in France in 2019, where the crowd chanted “Equal Pay!” with them.
While these athletes have scored a major victory, many workers throughout the country continue to be underpaid due to gender discrimination.
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