The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Was Paid 40 Times Less Than the Men's Teams

Even though they, you know, won the World Cup, and the men's teams didn't.

U.S. Women's Soccer Team celebrating World Cup win
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See those happy faces up there? Those are the faces of WORLD CHAMPIONS. But *your* face might just be making a frown (or a grimace) once you read this bit of news: The USA women's team, who won the Women's World Cup on Sunday (opens in new tab), are paid 40 times less than men's soccer teams—even the ones who lose.

Yep, even in sports the pay gap rears its ugly head (opens in new tab). In a Politico piece (opens in new tab), writer Mary Pilon notes that the payout for the Women's World Cup this year will be $15 million, compared with the total for the men's World Cup last year of $576 million, AKA 40 times as much.

In fact, the National Women's Soccer League has salary ranges reportedly from $6,000 to $30,000, which, as Pilon notes, "may put players below the poverty line in the cities in which the compete."

And this has historically been the case. Last year, when the German men's team won the World Cup in Brazil, they won a $35 million prize. The American women's team? Just $2 million.

We'll let that sink in.

Samantha Leal
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