Carli Lloyd Writes NY Times Op-Ed Addressing US Soccer Wage Gap

Carli Lloyd Wants Fair Pay

Carli Lloyd along with her teammates Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn have filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission arguing for a case of wage discrimination by US Soccer. Now Lloyd has written an op-ed written for the New York Times explaining why they filed the complaint and what they hope to achieve. The op-ed gives a first-hand account of how, as the women claim, they believe the US women have consistently been treated as “second-class citizens” and highlights the disparities in the US men’s and women’s national soccer teams pay. The repeated success of the US women in major international competition and the revenue and profits the women bring in for US soccer are a stark and unfair contrast, Loyd argues, to the wages earned by the US women, especially in comparison to the US men’s teams wage and bonus structures.  For a graph portraying the wage disparities click here.

Lloyd claims the complaint is being filed on behalf of the whole team and for future generations of female players. Apparently, the issue of wage disparity has been a long running battle for the US women. Two years ago at the Algarve Cup, a major international tournament in Portugal, the US women almost went on strike. However, the team was still split on the issue and the women held off the strike. The Australian and Colombian national women’s soccer teams and their fight for wage equality, (or just to get paid at all as in the case with Colombia), are also brought up in Lloyd’s piece. Lloyd recognizes the progress made since she first started on the women’s national team but her op-ed clearly shows that her and her teammates are fighting to create a better future for women both domestically,  internationally, and in all realms of employment. Read her op-ed here.

Lauren von Bernuth