Women's National Soccer Team Player Lindsey Horan Gets Real About Pay Equity

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Lindsey Horan opened up in a recent interview with People about her role in the “hard-fought battle” to change the pay disparity between women and men’s sports teams.

The midfielder for the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and Portland Thorns FC has been part of an ongoing discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer. In 2019, the United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) filed the suit under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and wrote: "Despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in international competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts.”

“This is true even though their performance has been superior to that of the male players — with the female players, in contrast to male players, becoming world champions,” the suit goes on.

Notably, mere months after this suit was filed, the USWNT won the 2019 World Cup (their fourth).

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In her interview with People, Horan explained that she and her teammates do the “the exact same work — if not more” than men’s teams.

“We play the same amount of games, we prepare the same way and we’ve won multiple World Cups and they have not. It’s hard looking at that and not being bitter about it and upset. I know the players aren’t the ones to blame, but our federation in general, I can’t seem to understand the pay disparity among the two teams,” said the 26-year-old, who added that she hopes to “keep fighting” until equal pay has been achieved.

Prior to Horan’s comments, a federal judge in California ruled against the players earlier this year “on a number of claims, including their contention of discrimination under the Equal Pay Act,” as per ESPN. The team has since filed an appeal and the fight continues.

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