The US Women’s Soccer team once again proved they were the world’s best, defeating The Netherlands in the World Cup final 2-0 on Sunday (July 7).
The victory has America celebrating but not our current man at the White House. President Barack Obama praised the women’s team for their tremendous World Cup victory. See below:
Yes! Fourth star. Back to back. Congrats to the record breakers on the @USWNT, an incredible team that’s always pushing themselves—and the rest of us—to be even better. Love this team. #OneNationOneTeam— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 7, 2019
Donald Trump, who has received criticism from Megan Rapinoe, including a refusal to visit the White House upon winning the World Cup, has tweeted nothing about the victory. How unpresidential but yet typical.
The win is also renewing calls for equal pay among men and women’s national soccer squads. Social media flooded with calls of support for equal pay while also basking in the rays of women’s empowerment that were on display during Sunday’s final match. See what some had to say below.
Congratulations to the #USWNT on their 4th World Cup win! These athletes have brought more attention, support, & pride to women’s sport than perhaps any other team in history. It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve. 🇺🇸🏆🏆🏆🏆 #USAvNED #WorldCupfinal #EqualPay— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 7, 2019
New statement from spokeswoman for the players: "These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher TV ratings but get paid less simply because they are women. It is time for the Federation to correct this disparity once and for all." https://t.co/ahK5mHeSKg— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 7, 2019
Previously, the US Women’s Soccer team, including Rapinoe, slammed the FIFA over its proposed $60 million payout to the World Cup winner. The money pales in comparison to the $440 million that’s expected to be paid to the winner of the men’s WC winner in 2022.
“We should double it now and then use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time,” Rapinoe said. “That's what I mean when I talk about do we feel respected? If you really care about each game in the same way, are you letting the gap grow? I'm not saying the prize money is $450 million this time or next time around, I understand that for a lot of different reasons, the men's game financially is far-advanced than the women's game.”
Well said, Megan.
A huge congrats to the US Women’s Soccer Team.
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