The United States Women’s soccer team is coming off a stirring and dominant performance at the 2018 World Cup. As the team swept through the tournament, multiple players, including team superstar, Megan Rapinoe commented on Donald Trump. The women on the team are also fighting for salaries that are commensurate with their male counterparts.
The team is not likely to visit Trump at the White House, though they did meet with former President Barack Obama. Today, all 25 female Senators, Republicans and Democrats have invited the team to meet and discuss issues facing women.
The letter was addressed to the 3 Captains of the team, Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and and Carli Lloyd along with coach Jill Ellis. The effort to reach out to the women was led by New Hampshire Senator, Jeanne Shaheen (D).
The letter reads in part:
“In honor of your accomplishments, in recognition of your victory, and in acknowledgement of the work still before us, the bipartisan women of the Senate look forward to seeing you during your visit to the Capitol.”
The players have significant support in their goal to achieve equal pay. Last week, Joe Manchin D-WV) introduced a bill that would male player funding until the pay gap was closed.
The West Virginia Senator said, “The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men and women’s soccer teams is unacceptable and I’m glad the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry.”
The women’s team has accepted invitations to meet with Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.