Sending Office: Honorable Doris O. Matsui
Be an Original Co-Sponsor of the GOALS (Give Our Athletes Level Salaries) Act!
Original Co-Sponsors Include: Representatives DeLauro, Haaland, Schakowsky, Velazquez, Rush, Pascrell, Wild, Payne, Ryan, Lee, Courtney, Johnson, Tlaib, S. Maloney, Rose, Kuster, Hastings, DeFazio, Quigley, Takano, Speier,
Lynch, DeGette, Holmes Norton, Mucarsel-Powell, Cisneros, and Cohen
The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) have captivated our country and the global soccer community with their dominance on the pitch and their inspiring fight for equal pay off it. Stars like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Rose Lavelle have become household
names and are already inspiring the next generation of women to pursue their dreams. Most importantly, USWNT athletes are using their stardom to elevate issues that affect women everywhere – notably pay inequality.
Even at the pinnacle of the sporting world, USWNT players earn significantly less compared to their male counterparts on the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT), despite performing the same job, producing equal or more revenue for the U.S. Soccer Federation
(USSF) in ticket and jersey sales, and bringing home a fourth World Cup.
According to the Guardian, for reaching the World Cup final, the USWNT earned $90,000 each in bonuses, while the USMNT would have made $550,000 each.
In 2014, the USSF provided the USMNT with performance bonuses totaling $5,375,000 for losing in the Round of 16, while, in 2015, the USSF provided the USWNT with only $1,725,000 for winning the entire tournament. The USWNT earned more than
three times less than the USMNT while performing demonstrably better.
Together, let’s support the basic principle that equal work deserves equal pay by holding the USSF and its President Carlos Cordeiro accountable for unequal pay practices that reward the U.S. Women’s team less for equal work.
Specifically, the GOALS (Give Our Athletes Level Salaries) Act would withhold funds for host cities, participating local and state organizations, U.S. Soccer, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, and the international
soccer governing body FIFA. Examples include:
- Visa waivers and other special privileges to visiting FIFA officials
- Stadium and sporting facility upgrades requiring federal funding
- Infrastructure funding to state and local governments for World Cup hosting cities
I urge you to join us in cosponsoring this important legislation. If you would like to sign on, please contact Emily Richardson at Emily.Richardson@mail.house.gov or 202-225-7163 or Liz Albertine in Rep.
DeLauro’s office at Elizabeth.email@example.com or 202-225-3661 by COB on July 15th.
Doris O. Matsui Rosa DeLauro
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