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PopWrapped | Sports

US Women's Soccer Team Recieves $561 Million LESS In Pay Than Men's Team

Rebecca Haslam | PopWrapped Author

Rebecca Haslam

Updated 07/9/2015 9:05am
US Women's Soccer Team Recieves $561 Million LESS In Pay Than Men's Team | soccer
Media Courtesy of Fox Sports

After storming to victory in the Women's World Cup final beating Japan by 5 goals to 2, and while currently being considered the darlings of American sport, Team USA are finding themselves at the centre of an ongoing debate over gender equality.

As with many professions, the pay of women in sports  is often much less than that which their male counterparts receive. The total payout for the Women's World Cup 2015 will be $15 million whereas last year's men's World Cup totalled $576 million.

Many argue that women aren't paid as much as men due to the male-played matches being more popular in terms of audiences and therefore pretty much pay for TV rights. In the UK, a report last year declared that there had been no increase in female-based sports stories since 2012. Male footballers and tennis players however such as Wayne Rooney and Roger Federer often find themselves with back page coverage of some of the biggest publications in the world.

Some of Team USA, such as Sydney Leroux, have endorsements which help up their income, however against men (who tend to lose matches!) such income is small by comparison and this is continuing to anger those who fight for women to receive the same pay, and other rights, as men.

It may be some time before gender equality finds itself a new home within professional sport, but it is hoped that, considering their historical win, Team USA may yet lead the charge in the fight for it.

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