Joe Biden tweets support to US women soccer players on equal pay
In a tweet Saturday afternoon, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee encouraged the women’s national team to not give up their fight.
“This is not over yet. To @USSoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding,” he wrote on Twitter.
“As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay,” he wrote on Twitter. “In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men. #OneNationOneTeam”
Friday’s ruling was issued in response to a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the lawsuit by the federation in US District Court for the Central District of California, according to a court filing.
The suit alleged the US Soccer Federation’s payment practices were unfair and discriminatory.
Judge R. Gary Klausner said Friday in his decision that members of the USWNT failed to prove any sort of wage discrimination under the Equal Pay Act. He said the women’s team played more games and made more money than the men’s team.
Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the players, said they will appeal the decision. A trial is scheduled for June 16.