How US Women's Soccer Is Used to Prop Up the Men

How US Women's Soccer Is Used to Prop Up the Men

There was more to celebrate than soccer Wednesday at the ticker-tape parade for the World Cup-winning USA women's soccer team.

It was four years ago to the day that crowds tossed heaps of confetti in the city to celebrate the team and its 2015 Women's World Cup title.

Now, it's the women of 2019's turn.

Twelve-year-old Aly Hoover, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, stood at the sidelines Wednesday with a poster of Alex Morgan, one of the team's stars.

"A woman player's base salary is approximately $30,000 less than her male counterpart's", the letter stated, "and when including bonuses, women's income is just 38 percent of men's income".

But this beloved tradition actually originated spontaneously on October 28, 1886, when Wall Streeters began throwing ticker-tape out their office windows as an enraptured public marched down Broadway to the Battery to celebrate the dedication of "Liberty Enlightening the World", or the Statue of Liberty as we know her. The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti, which drifted down from office buildings throughout Wednesday's parade, along with documents and spreadsheets folded into paper airplanes.

At a City Hall rally after the parade, de Blasio, also a Democrat, honored the team with symbolic keys to the city, saying it "brought us together" and "showed us so much to make us hopeful".

The Department of Sanitation said it will have 350 workers assigned to parade cleanup with trucks, backpack blowers and brooms at their disposal.

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In the 28 years since that first World Cup win, the USA women's team has been wildly successful, taking home four Women's World Cups in all, including the 2019 title captured on Sunday in a 2-0 victory over The Netherlands, four Olympic gold medals, and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. "Your hope is [that] back in the US, more kids want to go out and play this great sport", she said.

It looks like everyone is having a good time.

As far back as last May, Rapinoe made it clear that she would never put her hand over her heart and sing during the national anthem again because of President Donald Trump.

A formal invitation has yet to be offered for a White House visit, but Ms. Rapinoe said her team will likely be going to Washington and visiting Congress. "Finish the job! We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose", Mr. Trump tweeted then.

That's not quite enough of a pay increase, according to breakout star Megan Rapinoe, who won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball as the 2019 World Cup's highest scoring and most valuable player.

"Despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in global competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts", the lawsuit said, per ESPN. In recent decades, the honor was been reserved for championship teams, including the New York Yankees and New York Giants. Allie Long, a midfielder from Northport, New York, posted on Twitter about returning to her home state.

The ticker tape parade is a NY tradition dating back to the 19th century.

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