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Equal pay issue dominates USWNT World Cup parade

A parade in New York City to celebrate the United States women’s national team’s victory in the Women’s World Cup was dominated by the squad’s fight for equal pay and working conditions with the US Soccer Federation.

The USWNT has sued the governing body in its gender discrimination dispute, a matter that is going to mediation.

After being met with chants for “Equal pay!” from the crowd outside City Hall in Manhattan, US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said that women “deserve fair and equitable pay. And together I believe we can get this done”.

He added: “We hear you, we believe in you, and we’re committed to doing right by you.”

In response, USWNT winger Megan Rapinoe, who has become the face and voice of the equal pay issue, said: “I’m going to stick my neck out there a little bit, I’m going to endorse Carlos. I think he’s with us. I think he’s on the right side of things. I think he’s going to make things right.”

But she quickly added: “We look forward to holding those feet to the fire.”

“We stand with them in solidarity. Equal pay for equal work,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a press conference at the start of the parade, after signing into law an equal pay bill passed by the New York State Legislature this year.

“These are women’s soccer players, they play the same game as the men’s soccer players, and they play it better – so if there is any economic rationale, the men should get paid less than the women,” Cuomo added.

On Tuesday, US senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) proposed a bill that would prevent federal funding being provided for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, being held in the US along with Canada and Mexico, until the USWNT receives the same level of pay as the men’s team.