By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw
Another milestone has been reached in women’s sport.
The US Women’s National Team (USWNT) has reached agreement with the US Soccer Federation (US Soccer) on equal pay.
In March 2019, all 28 squad members filed discrimination court proceedings. Their claim for US66 million was dismissed by the court in May 2020 and this decision was appealed.
However, following discussions, the matter was settled out of court. A joint statement was issued by USWNT and US Soccer on 22 February 2022 in the following terms:
“We are pleased to announce that, contingent on the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, we will have resolved our longstanding dispute over equal pay and proudly stand together in a shared commitment to advancing equality in soccer.”
The players will share US$24 million and US Soccer has pledged equal pay for the men’s and the women’s teams in all competitions, including the World Cup.
The US forward, Alex Morgan, remarked as follows:
“It’s great to take that step forward. I not only see this as a win for our team or women in sport but for women in general.”
This development will set a precedent for equal pay in women’s sport generally!