FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 03, 2015
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Assemblywoman Chang and Two-Time Gold Medalist Briana Scurry Fight for Equal Pay
Chang introduces resolution to highlight unequal pay between Women’s and Men’s National Soccer Teams
SACRAMENTO – As the 2016 Summer Olympics are set to begin, Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) announced the introduction of House Resolution 58, which calls on the US Soccer Federation to end wage disparities between its women and men players. The United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) — the most successful women’s soccer team in the world — continue to receive unfair compensation despite increased revenue generation and historic victories. Leading members of the women’s team have filed a lawsuit against the US Federation and embarked on a campaign to raise awareness for “equal play for equal pay.”
“For the US women’s team, equal play does not mean equal pay,” said Assemblywoman Chang “What kind of message does that send to aspiring, young female soccer players?”
Former women’s national soccer team goalkeeper and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Briana Scurry joined the chorus in support of HR 58 and the USWNT:
“The success of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team is undebatable. For quite some time, the argument for unequal compensation has been that the women don’t generate as much revenue as their male counterparts. The evidence provided in HR 58 exposes that ideology as fallacious.”
The United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) has won three World Cup titles since the Women’s World Cup was founded in 1991, as well as four Olympic gold medals. The World Cup final victory in 2015 against Japan was the most watched soccer match in United States television history for women or men. Currently, the USWNT is ranked as the number one female soccer team in the world.
Even with these historic victories, the women’s team faces a significant pay disparity relative to their counterparts on the men’s national team. Earlier this year, a number of women from the women’s team filed a lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging the U.S. Soccer Federation with wage discrimination. The USWNT players continue to fight for fair compensation and has even alluded to boycotting the Rio Olympic Games in August.
“The women’s national team has honored our country with their achievements throughout the years,” said Assemblywoman Chang. “Despite surging revenues from the women’s team they continue to earn less than their male counterparts.”
Scurry — a World Cup champion — added, “Gender inequality is one of our most prevalent societal issues, but I have the utmost faith in our nation’s ability to achieve equality for all. To accomplish this, our leaders must have the courage to address disparities that are within immediate control. I commend Assemblywoman Chang for having that courage, and fully back this resolution supporting the immediate end of gender pay disparities.”
The USWNT are currently in Rio de Janeiro fighting for their fifth Olympic gold medal.