Senator introduces USWNT equal pay bill after letter from NCAA coach

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In March, the US women's team filed a gender discrimination suit.

In addition to bringing in more World titles than the men, for the past three years, the US women's soccer team has brought in more revenue at $50.8 million compared to $49.9 million.

The bill calls for the cutting of any funding that would be used to support the World Cup, including "host cities, participating local and state organizations, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Concacaf and FIFA".

Olivia Ciampi, 15, of Rockaway, Queens, who joined the throng with her mother, agreed equal pay for the team was long overdue. That includes funds that go to host cities, participating local and state organizations, U.S. Soccer, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, and the global soccer governing body FIFA.

Under the current system, the U.S. men's team has the capacity to earn more money than the women's thanks to the higher win bonuses on offer to male players.

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The U.S. men's team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, held in Russian Federation, and will attempt to make the field for the 2022 tournament, to be held in Qatar. However, that would still be far less than the $440 million allotted for male players in the 2022 World Cup.

Members of the U.S. women's team will earn more in 2019 as a result of their World Cup triumph in France. That process was set to unfold after the World Cup ended, with both sides said to be interested in arriving at a resolution without facing off in a courtroom.

Arguably the most powerful moment in Sunday's 2-0 final victory over the Netherlands came after the final whistle when a chant of "equal pay" could be heard ringing around the State de Lyon.

Rapinoe became one of the tournament's most outspoken stars, as the U.S.co-captain scored the first goal in the final from the penalty spot against the Dutch. "That's just plain wrong", Manchin said in a statement.

"The level of interest and excitement is much higher from four years ago", said Jessica Lappin, president of the parade's organizers, Alliance of Downtown New York, referring to the 2015 parade for the team after its last World Cup victory.

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