U.S. Women’s Soccer Sues for ‘Institutionalized Gender Discrimination’
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team filed a gender discrimination suit on Friday, March, 8th against the United States Soccer Federation.
All 28 members of the United States women’s national team are plaintiffs in the suite, which was done strategically (its seems) before the upcoming World Cup and on International Women’s Day.
The lawsuit pertains specifically to “institutionalized gender discrimination,” which players allege affects their ability to train and even compete. “The USSF discriminates against Plaintiffs, and the class that they seek to represent, by paying them less than members of the MNT [men’s national team] for substantially equal work and by denying them at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment equal to the Men’s National Teams,” the players state in the lawsuit.
Nike and Adidas are now showcasing the first team “kits” for the United States, Canada, France, and England women’s soccer teams. For the first time since the women’s soccer league has existed, the uniforms will fit a woman’s physique.
“We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press said to The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”
The Women’s World Cup begins 7 June 2019.
And here’s Sydney Leroux playing soccer while she’s pregnant. Just because.