• Last week all 28 members of the USWNT filed a lawsuit against US Soccer alleging institutionalized gender discrimination.
• Players are seeking back pay and damages for any female player who's represented the United States at the senior national level since Feb. 2015.
• In 2016, five members of the USWNT at the time filed a wage discrimination action against US Soccer with the EEOC (ONTD Post). The complaint was never resolved, but the EEOC granted a right-to-sue letter to allow for a federal court filing.
• In 2017, USWNT & US Soccer agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement through 2021.
• Timing for the lawsuit was chosen not only to coincide with International Women's Day, but to capitalize on the attention on USWNT & US Soccer in the lead-up to the World Cup. US Soccer won't do anything to jeopardize the WNT's chances this summer so there's no threat of players being dropped from the squad in retribution and there will be a lot of discussion on equal pay, revenue produced, etc.
The USWNT lawsuit ends a 2016 wage discrimination complaint filed by some of the same players with the EEOC. One player told me they were basically tired of waiting. https://t.co/kFb7nHAd1P— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) March 8, 2019
The @USWNT players want equal pay - arguing they generate more revenue and have had more success than the men. Plus, the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history was a women's game. https://t.co/onqvwQhIoh #Soccer #InternationalWomensDay— Connell McShane (@connellmcshane) March 8, 2019
Comparisons of USMNT and USWNT pay are inherently difficult since each team has its own CBA with US Soccer. I broke some of this down during the labor fight in 2016 and repost this primer every time it comes up. I still think it's helpful. https://t.co/q12AZOtMIq— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) March 8, 2019
World Cup Kits
Inspired by the nation... for the nation.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) March 11, 2019
Our 2019 World Cup kits are here. pic.twitter.com/YLizN7WI4R
• Yesterday Nike launched national team kits for the Women's World Cup.
• The 2019 Women's World Cup is June 7 to July 7 in France.
United States (OP needs one of each.)
France will wear the tricolore: bleu jersey, blanc shorts, rouge shorts. Away kit honors the hexagon-shaped country with a hexadot pattern. Rose gold details on both kits. pic.twitter.com/Jh0gszBYx9— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) March 11, 2019
England’s kit features a custom hand-drawn print highlighting specific flora native to the country’s counties. Dark red crush hue is exclusive to the Lionesses. pic.twitter.com/6gLSbHGLrT— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) March 11, 2019
Norway’s new home jersey features a pattern borrowed from traditional Norwegian ski sweaters. pic.twitter.com/2K7diPoLH3— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) March 11, 2019
The Matildas kit channels Melbourne’s street art scene. The golden wattle and shots of the Australian landscape coalesce in the graphic to encapsulate contemporary Australia. pic.twitter.com/NN1iw56IBT— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) March 11, 2019
For Brazil, the Seleçåo Feminina's away kit’s inspired by the constellation of stars in homage to the Brazilian indigenous warriors who by legend turned to stars. pic.twitter.com/bQZmsUKkWc— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) March 11, 2019
The Netherlands will have a retro Oranje vibe, but with a contemporary graphic of the country’s famed tulip. The Leeuwinnen also don a lioness crest that distinguishes the reigning European champs from their male counterparts. pic.twitter.com/u41Fi0WnbF— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) March 11, 2019
China’s Steel Roses will have an all-over phoenix print on their grey jerseys with hyper crimson accents. pic.twitter.com/FVVxzkNKk2— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) March 11, 2019
Nigeria have qualified for every @FIFAWWC tournament since 1991. The home kit is a subtle tribute to the men's '94 kit.— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) March 11, 2019
They'll look to better their greatest ever performance in 1999 by going further than the quarterfinals. pic.twitter.com/ii9C4U3Uni
Chile have made it to their first ever @FIFAWWC finals. Their kit features the Andean Condor, while they have a custom typeface that pays homage to the street signs of Santiago and Chilean car number plates. pic.twitter.com/gCLYm0jLJN— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) March 11, 2019
New Zealand Football is one of the only associations in the world to give it's men and women teams pay parity across the board.— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) March 11, 2019
The Football Ferns will wear the Māori silver fern into their fourth consecutive tournament this summer. pic.twitter.com/ELmcYZRNmg
South Korea have qualified for consecutive World Cups for the first time in their history.— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) March 11, 2019
Their home kit features the bright red shirt and black shorts that follow the trigrams of the national flag (heaven, earth, water, fire). pic.twitter.com/WOBV7iu7li
This is the Banyana Banyana's first appearance at the tournament, and their kit is a bold one to match.— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) March 11, 2019
The home kit is a dazzling shade of yellow, while their away kit features bold green stripes in a cascading pattern. pic.twitter.com/9eoiroSLZI
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I'm so excited! I have tickets to the WWC semifinals and final. I hope the USWNT is in at least one of them. Who are you rooting for in the World Cup, ONTD?