The United States Women’s National Soccer Team scored its most significant goal to date.
After fighting for six years to receive equal pay, Megan Rapinoe and several other stars of the United States Women’s National Team—Solo Hope, carli lloyd, Alex Morgan and Becky Sauerbrunn— won their gender discrimination case after reaching a landmark $24 million settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation on February 22.
Under the terms of the lawsuit, US Soccer will pay $22 million to the aforementioned players and allocate an additional $2 million to an account that will benefit USWNT players in their charitable and post-career endeavors. The organization will also pay male and female players an equal rate in all tournaments and friendly matches.
“We are pleased to announce that, subject to the negotiation of a new collective agreement, we will have resolved our long-standing dispute over equal pay and we are proud to be united in a common commitment to advancing equality in football,” US Soccer and the players said. in a February 22 joint statement, adding that getting to this historic day “has not been easy.”