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Soccer federation head: Women deserve fair pay

Soccer federation head: Women deserve fair pay

The women's soccer team appeared alongside Cuomo to push for the gender wage gap to be eliminated because there's a pay difference in how the men and women's teams are paid.

In a press conference held before the celebratory ticker-tape parade for the USA women's national team kicked off in lower Manhattan, New York governor Andrew Cuomo took a stand for equal pay, signing the new "Equal Pay for Equal Work" legislation into law on the streets of New York City. The law will also forbid employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history, a statement on the governor's website explains.

Cooper then asked Rapinoe to issue a message to the president, who's likely to be tuning into her interview.

Rewatch the whole ticker-tape parade and ceremony honoring the USA women's team above.

"I just signed new pay equity legislation at the #USWNTParade", the tweet reads.

The U.S. Women's National Team may be in a war of words with President Donald Trump, but former President Barack Obama is embracing the squad.

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That's not quite enough of a pay increase, according to breakout star Megan Rapinoe, who won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball as the 2019 World Cup's highest scoring and most valuable player. "Thank you @USWNT for helping lead this movement for change!" However, according to Wall Street Journal, the United States women's games generated about $50.8 million in revenue from 2016 to 2018, while the men's games earned a slightly lower $49.9 million during the same period.

Several members the Marquette United Girls U-17 team said they followed the US team through the tournament.

Critics of Team USA's fight for equal pay are quick to point out that Federation Internationale de Football Association, which runs the men's and women's World Cups and awards the prize money, made $6 billion in revenues from the men's tournament in 2018, compared to perhaps $130 million for this year's women's World Cup.

The city's first ticker tape parade was held in 1886, when Wall Street workers spontaneously threw ticker tape out of their office windows to celebrate the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty, according to the Alliance's records.

"We believe at U.S. Soccer that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay".

Star player Megan Rapinoe also spoke at the event and incorporated equal pay into her message. "I'm encouraging everyone to call their Senator and Representatives to help us get this bill passed and finally create a level playing field for all". "You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you", she said directly to the camera. "I think he's on the right side of things", Rapinoe said after Cordeiro received some boos during his speech. On average, women in NY earn 89 cents per dollar earned by men, according to a state Department of Labor report released in April 2018 - the narrowest pay gap in any state, the report states.


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