Sumary of With the Tokyo Olympics, the USWNT’s Fight For Equal Pay Once Again Takes Center Stage:
- It may not be the chant you’d expect from a sporting event, but it’s become commonplace at USWNT matches in the more than two years since the players filed suit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF) citing gender discrimination and unfair wages.
- My younger sister and I, now retired from our own soccer careers, sat in between blocks of elementary and middle school soccer teams with the same level of giddiness as the young girls around us.
- I remember going to soccer tournaments and proudly buying Megan Rapinoe posters and Alex Morgan jerseys, never once thinking to check out the Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo merchandise.
- It’s not that Messi and Ronaldo aren’t talented soccer players — it’s just that when it came to soccer, I had all the inspiration I needed from the US women.
- But as I grew older, I also became aware of the inequalities and discrimination women face, including the roster of athletes I had come to admire so much.