Chutzpah, thy name is Megan Rapinoe. After losing 5-2 in 2017 to the Dallas FC Under-15 squad yes, that would be boys with, in certain cases, high-pitched voices Rapinoe and the rest of the U.S. Womens National Soccer Team (USWNST) still want the mens money.
The scene of Rapinoes latest descent into utter audacity was the White House, where Joe and Jill Biden had a roundtable discussion with USWNST members on Wednesday, which was Equal Pay Day.
For the uninitiated, know that this day isnt devoted to equalizing the pay gap between whites and Asian-descent Americans (the latter make more), between Christians and Jews, between uncompensated pubescent boy soccer players and the wealthy female pros they beat, or any other groups. Rather, discriminating among the disparity phenomena, the focus is on just a specific one: the gap between men and women.
Moreover, because this aim isnt confined to the soccer realm but is applied to the general population, it actually hurts women (more on that later). As NBC News reports (and distorts):
Wednesday marked Equal Pay Day which is how far into the year women must work on average to make up the pay disparity between what men and women earned the prior year. The Census Bureau estimates that a woman working full-time would earn about 82 cents for each dollar paid to a man.
Biden and his wife, Jill, hosted a roundtable with Margaret Purce and Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. womens national soccer team, and other members of the squad who attended virtually. The president then signed a proclamation honoring the day.
Doesnt matter if youre an electrician, an accountant or part of the best damn soccer team in the world, Biden said. The pay gap is real. And this team is living proof that you can be the very best at what you do and still have to fight for equal pay.
For the record, the best damn soccer team in the world would be, at least according to the current FIFA rankings, the Belgian mens team. Speaking of which, theres a good answer for the USWNST, whose Rapinoe told Biden, Ive been devalued, Ive been disrespected and dismissed because Im a woman. To wit: If you want the mens money, theres a very simple way to get it.
Play in the mens league and succeed.
(Or they could just beg for it; they are used to spending time on their knees, after all.)
I mean, really, isnt this what youd tell a lightweight boxer who complained that he wanted the heavyweights money?
Biden shouldnt think this would be difficult for the USWNST, either, as on Equal Pay Day he said the below.
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