Sending Office: Honorable Jackie Speier
Sent By:
Mia.Mazer@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Endorsing Organizations: National Women’s Law Center, American Association of University Women, National Partnership for Women and Families 

Cosponsors (40): Jackie Speier, Lois Frankel, Brenda Lawrence, Veronica Escobar, Deb Haaland, Grace Napolitano, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rosa DeLauro, Kathy Castor, Barbara Lee, Annie Kuster, Dina Titus, Yvette Clarke,
Jimmy Gomez, Betty McCollum, Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr., Nydia Velázquez, Madeleine Dean, Steven Horsford, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Alcee L. Hastings, Zoe Lofgren, Debbie Dingell, Ayanna Pressley, Carolyn B. Maloney, André Carson, Bonnie Watson Coleman,
Chellie Pingree, Steve Cohen,  Lucille Roybal-Allard, Pramila Jayapal, Seth Moulton, Doris Matsui, Grace Meng, Jan Schakowsky, Sheila Jackson Lee, Sean Patrick Maloney, Nita Lowey, Ro Khanna, Al Lawson

Dear Colleague, 

Please join the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Caucus in cosponsoring 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 a cosponsor of the Even Playing Field Act of 2019! For
questions or to become a cosponsor, please email
Mia.Mazer@mail.house.gov
 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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