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Equal Rights

Statement on U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Athletes’ Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint

The following statement can be attributed to Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer:

“Last year the U.S. Women’s National Team set an emphatic example on the field, proving they’re the best in the world. Now, by standing up and demanding fair pay, these five players are setting a critical example off the field as well.

“Gender-based pay gaps exist at every rung of the economic ladder. Whether it’s at a leading national newspaper, a big-box retailer, or the most dominant team of athletes our nation has ever fielded, too many women are facing discrimination at work. I fully support the U.S. Women’s National Team players in their fight for fair pay, and thank them for their leadership. Our young women need to know it’s never wrong to demand fairness.

“The U.S. Women’s National Team is in many ways the driving force of soccer in the U.S. The fact that even these athletes, at the pinnacle of the game, cannot receive fair pay and equal treatment shows there is something wrong with how women are treated in sports. I applaud these players for speaking out.” Read more…