Jackie Speier

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Jackie Speier

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Dear Colleague, 

Please join the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Caucus in introducing the Even Playing Field Act to ensure equal pay, investment, and working conditions for our nation’s amateur athletes. The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) captivated millions during
the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, inspiring the world with their thrilling fourth World Cup title victory and their fight for equal pay. Despite being the most successful team in women’s soccer history, the USWNT continues to endure inequities in compensation,
investment, and working conditions.

The inequality that these women champions have faced is indefensible. Despite the USWNT’s success, U.S. Soccer pays the Women’s National Team as little as 38 cents on the dollar compared to the Men’s National Team. U.S. Soccer has yet to take accountability
for its actions and answer calls for redress.  

The Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act outlines eligibility requirements and general duties of national governing bodies (NGBs) such as U.S. Soccer that are selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Even Playing Field Act would:

  • Clarify eligibility requirements for NGBs to include demonstrating and providing investment, working conditions, wages and other compensation for amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials that are free from discrimination
    on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.
  • Stipulate that duties of NGBs include providing equitable support and encouragement for participation by women, including investment, working conditions, wages and other compensation.
  • Mandate that each NGB submit regular reports to Congress on their compensation practices disaggregated by race and gender.

To address the inequality faced by female athletes and provide an even playing field for the next generation of our nation’s athletes, we urge you to join the Democratic Women’s Caucus leadership as an original cosponsor of the Even Playing Field Act of
2019! The deadline for original cosponsors is COB Monday July 22. For questions or to become an original cosponsor, please email with Rep. Jackie Speier.

Jackie Speier    Lois Frankel    Brenda L. Lawrence
Co-Chair    Co-Chair    Co-Chair 
Democratic Women’s Caucus    Democratic Women’s Caucus    Democratic Women’s Caucus 
Veronica Escobar    Deb Haaland     
Vice Chair   Vice Chair     
Democratic Women’s Caucus    Democratic Women’s Caucus     
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