TIME’S UP: “The Movement for Pay Equity Isn’t Going Anywhere”

Culture, Equity

After a contentious battle between the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team and U.S. Soccer, a federal judge ruled against the USWNT Players’s claims regarding equal pay and gender equality. The judge’s decision is eligible for appeal.

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation, responded to the district court’s ruling with the following statement:

“This decision is not what many of us had hoped for, but we are still making real progress to close the pay gap — thanks in large part to the courageous women on the U.S. Women’s National Team. In speaking up, the players catalyzed an international movement for equal pay — not only in sports but in every industry where women are undervalued and underpaid. And this movement for pay equity isn’t going anywhere.

“It’s a pretty simple idea: Women should be paid equally to men. And yet the world champion women’s team is still paid a fraction of what their male colleagues are paid. This problem goes far beyond soccer: women in just about every industry, and at every education level, are paid less than men, and it’s even worse for women of color.

“Ending the pay gap for good is going to take all of us — business leaders, policymakers, and everyday men and women — stepping up to demand that everyone is paid fairly. Because this is about so much more than just a paycheck: It’s about demanding that every woman is paid what she’s earned, period.”

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