"The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men's and women's soccer teams is unacceptable and I'm glad the U.S. Women's Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry".
Once the team's celebrations, which began with a New York City ticker-tape parade attended by thousands of adoring fans on July 10, 2019, are complete, the players will focus on a more serious matter - pay equality.
The "Pay Equity Bill" will, as its language stipulates, prohibit employers from paying employees differently based on "protected class status" such as gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, age, religion, military service history and so on - expanding the definition of protected classes originally included in the New York State Fair Pay Act passed in 2018, which only prohibited employers from discriminating against employees based on "sex, race and/or national origin".
USA women's soccer team player Megan Rapinoe (ruh-PEE'-noh) says she "couldn't be more proud to be a co-captain".
The parade, which lasted about an hour, is in line with a NY tradition that dates back more than a century.
"New York is definitely a leader when it comes to equal pay laws; they have some of the stronger laws in the country", Johnson said.
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Former US President Barack Obama has tweeted his congratulations to the US women's football team after their 2-0 triumph against the Netherlands at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. "Thank you @USWNT for helping lead this movement for change!"
To rectify the wage gap, on March 8, 2019 - which coincided with International Women's Day - all 28 members of the women's national soccer team sued the US Soccer Federation for gender wage discrimination. "The women's soccer team plays the same game that the men's soccer players play - only better". After making it to the finals and then winning their fourth World Cup, players and fans reignited the fight for equal pay.
The parade is named for the long strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings.
From its earliest days, women's soccer didn't get much respect from sport organizers. "Your hope is [that] back in the USA, more kids want to go out and play this great sport", she said. If she sees Morgan in the parade, she said, "I'm gonna scream my head off and try to get a hug". "Pronounced it RAP-uh-no. Like ... that should tell you everything you need to know about the federation and how the #USWNT remains a second-class citizen", said user Amanda Wilkins on Twitter.
"Make this world a better place", said Rapinoe, the tournament's top scorer, who thrilled the crowd with her now-famous post-goal pose, arms aloft and a beaming smile on her face. "We look forward holding those feet to the fire".
"Despite the incredible advancements made by women in sports, female athletes in sports like soccer and hockey are paid significantly less than their male counterparts", Feinstein said in a statement.