By Todd Wulffson and Alessandra C Whipple, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
July 18, 2019

There is no question that the members of United States Women’s National Soccer Team (“USWNT”) are collectively a force to be reckoned with, having just won their fourth World Cup Championship. Celebrations of their victory, however, have become a chant of “USA – Equal Pay,” instead of just “USA.”

Their victory has been overshadowed by the belief that the women are paid less than their male counterparts, and that it must be the result of sexism and the greedy – mostly male – owners of the teams. That, however, is just a politically expedient excuse. If one truly wants something to blame for the pay gap in women’s soccer, start with the collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) (1) negotiated by the (mostly female) union representatives chosen by the team members, and (2) that the women all ratified.

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