Matsui, DeLauro Give Pay Discrimination a Red Card in Fight for Fair & Equitable Wages for the U.S. Women's Soccer Team

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 23, 2019 | Kyle Morse (202-557-4880)

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) introduced the Give Our Athletes Level Salaries (GOALS) Act to ensure the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) are paid fair and equitable wages compared to the U.S. Men’s team. Even at the pinnacle of the sporting world, recent reports show the USWNT earn as little as 38 cents on the dollar compared to the USMNT, despite winning back-to-back World Cup titles – unlike their male counterparts. The GOALS Act would block any and all federal funding for the 2026 World Cup – jointly-hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada – until the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) pays the USWNT fair and equitable wages.

“The U.S. Women’s National Team united our country and inspired the next generation of young women to pursue their dreams. Most importantly, stars like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Rose Lavelle have used their stardom to elevate the issue of pay inequality in this country and inspire women across the nation to demand no less than what they deserve – equal pay for equal work,” said Congresswoman Matsui.

From factory floors to the field of play, women everywhere perform the same job and far too often receive less pay for that work. We need to end pay discrimination in all industries by increasing sunshine and transparency, and the U.S. Soccer Federation is no exception. Paying women equally is the right thing to do for our country, economy, and families. Until the USSF provides real reforms ensuring equitable pay for our male and female athletes, the U.S. government has no business contributing potentially billions of dollars in support for the 2026 World Cup. I am proud to support the USWNT and women everywhere in the fight for equal pay for equal work,” added Matsui.

“From their victory in the World Cup to the ticker tape parade, chants of ‘equal pay’ have followed the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team everywhere they go. And rightfully so: they are the best in the world,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Yet, they are paid less than their male counterparts. That is wrong. Congress needs to ensure women in the same job are getting the same pay—not encouraging the pay gap to continue by funding this unequal pay structure. That is why I am proud to introduce the GOALS Act with Congresswoman Matsui. It is long past time women receive the pay they have earned.”

The GOALS Act is also endorsed by the National Organization for Women (NOW). In an endorsement letter, a NOW spokesperson said, “Despite winning four World Cup trophies, performing the same job as their male peers, and earning the same, if not more, revenue for the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) is still paid significantly less than the men’s team. The GOALS (Give Our Athletes Level Salaries) Act, would prohibit federal funding for the 2026 World Cup until the USF ends their discriminatory practices and provides equal pay for all its athletes – male and female.”

“For those reasons, the National Organization for Women endorses Rep. Doris O. Matsui’s (D-Calif.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s (D-Conn.) GOALS (Give Our Athletes Level Salaries) Act, NOW believes that this act will take important steps in pressuring the USSF to do what is right. Our women’s team deserve equal pay. We urge House members to join in co-sponsoring this legislation and hope that the GOALS Act is quickly adopted into law, and we look forward to working with Reps. Matsui and DeLauro on this important piece of legislation,” added NOW.

Original Co-Sponsors of the GOALS Act include:

  • Rep. Adam Smith
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat
  • Rep. Alan Lowenthal
  • Rep. Albio Sires
  • Rep. Alcee L. Hastings
  • Rep. Ami Bera
  • Rep. Ann McLane Kuster
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo
  • Rep. Barbara Lee
  • Rep. Ben Ray Lujan
  • Rep. Betty McCollum
  • Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.
  • Rep. Bobby L. Rush
  • Rep. Brenda Lawrence
  • Rep. Charlie Crist
  • Rep. Chuy Garcia
  • Rep. Deb Haaland
  • Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
  • Rep. Diana DeGette
  • Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.
  • Rep. Donna Shalala
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson
  • Rep. Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.
  • Rep. Grace Meng
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano
  • Rep. Gwen Moore
  • Rep. Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr.
  • Rep. Jackie Speier
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky
  • Rep. Jennifer Wexton
  • Rep. Joe Courtney
  • Rep. Joseph Morelle
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty
  • Rep. Julia Brownley
  • Rep. Kathy Castor
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez
  • Rep. Lois Frankel
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • Rep. Mark Takano
  • Rep. Max Rose
  • Rep. Mike Quigley
  • Rep. Mike Thompson
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez
  • Rep. Pete Aguilar
  • Rep. Peter A. DeFazio
  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib
  • Rep. Raul M. Grijalva
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro
  • Rep. Salud Carbajal
  • Rep. Scott Peters
  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
  • Rep. Stephen Lynch
  • Rep. Steve Cohen
  • Rep. Susan Wild
  • Rep. Susie Lee
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene
  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
  • Rep. Tim Ryan
  • Rep. Veronica Escobar
  • Rep. Jared Huffman

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