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Brazil, England Announce Equal Pay for Men’s and Women’s National Teams, Is the USWNT Next?

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and English Football Association (FA) announced both their women’s and men’s national soccer teams will receive equal pay.

CBF president Rogerio Caboclo said on Wednesday, they’re committed to paying their men’s and women’s the same amount for earning a cap.

“At this Wednesday’s press conference, an important measure was announced: the equalization of payments made to players and players of the Brazilian National Teams.”

This move makes Brazil and England part of a select few nations like Australia, Norway, and New Zealand to equally pay their male and female players.

Caboclo added ” there is no more gender difference; the CBF is treating men and women equally… what they will gain by conquering or by staging the Olympics next year will be the same as the men will have,” he continued

But it’s a different story for the 4x world champs up north.

United States Women’s National Soccer Team Demand Equal Pay

Equal pay in the sports world is a hot talking point every four years during the Women’s World Cup.

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team (WSWNT) lead with four World Cups, and they are demanding equal pay to their male counterparts.

“Equal pay! Equal pay!” echoed in Lyon, France, in July 2019 when the world spectated the WSWNT lift the coveted trophy.

Judge Rejects Women’s Demand for Equal Pay

After their win, the U.S. women’s soccer team took their “equal pay” to court. But federal judge, R. Gary Klausner, rejected the team’s demand.

Klausner wasn’t persuaded with the women’s soccer team’s argument about being underpaid to the U.S. men filed in March 2019.

The WSWNT’s strategist and spokeswoman, Molly Levinson, said they will not give up their “hard work for equal pay.”

“We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” USWNT spokeswoman Molly Levinson said at the time in a statement. “We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender.”

The dismissal in May caught the attention of Vice president and presidential candidate Joe Biden. He tweeted, “To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To @USSoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup Funding.”

Surfing Leads By Paying Women and Men Equally

When the 2019 World Surf League’s Championship Tour winners, Caroline Marks and Italo Ferreira, displayed their checks: both earned the same.

Italo Ferreira (left) and Caroline Marks (right) champs hold trophy.

But before the decision, the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Champ, Stephanie Gilmore, earned only $65,000. Compared to Italo Ferreira, who won $100,000.

After the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing (CEWS) lobbed for equal pay, the World Surf League (WSL) announced, in September 2018, they would award equal prices to male and female surfers.

WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said, “This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women’s surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule. This is the latest in a series of actions the League has undertaken to showcase our female athletes, from competing on the same quality waves as the men, to better locations, and increased investment and support.”

Along with equal pay, the WSL launched three initiatives in 2019. “A global marketing campaign” to “increase viewership and fan engagement.” An engagement program for girls at each Champions Tour stop ” with WSL athletes…to inspire the next generation to embrace surfing.”

And “a monthly content series about the pioneering women of surfing.”