The United States Women’s Soccer Team wins many soccer games. On May 18, they won their greatest victory of all. They won equal pay.
For many years, they have been paid less than the United States Men’s Soccer. Both teams are paid to play each game by the United States Soccer Federation. The women are paid less to play each game.
The women said this was unfair. They should not be paid less to do the same job. They spoke up about the issue. They demanded equal pay. They took their case to the courts. They lost their case. The judge ruled that the women were being paid according to the contract they agreed to.
The women’s team did not give up. They appealed [asked a higher court to change the decision] the case. They continued to speak out. They continued to win soccer games. Many people agreed with them. The United States Soccer Federation did not want to have another trial. They agreed to pay the women equally.
The women’s team and the men’s team worked together. They made sure how they were paid by the US Soccer Federation was equal.
The United States Women’s Soccer Team worked for years to get what is fair. Many women still make less money for doing the same work as men. Equal pay continues to be an important issue in America.
What Do You Think? How do you decide what is fair an unfair in your life? What do you do when you see something unfair happening to someone?
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