Bill Addresses 'Unacceptable' Gender Pay Gap in US Soccer

The U.S. women's national team was feted with a parade in New York City after winning the World Cup in 2015

The U.S. women's national team was feted with a parade in New York City after winning the World Cup in 2015

Team USA will parade through the streets of NY in celebration of its most recent World Cup title.

The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by a ceremony at City Hall an hour later. The stretch of lower Manhattan has long hosted ticker tape parades for world leaders, veterans and hometown sports stars.

Instead of ticker tape, about a ton of confetti made from shredded paper, tossed from about 20 buildings, rained down on the team as they ride in open vehicles up Broadway, according to the Alliance of Downtown New York. The Department of Sanitation said it will have 350 workers assigned to parade cleanup with trucks, backpack blowers and brooms at their disposal. "While @USWNT continues to dominate on the world stage & generate tremendous revenue for @ussoccer, the women make only a fraction of what the men's national team is paid". After touching down at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, players shared a champagne toast and sang "We Are the Champions". "I'm encouraging everyone to call their Senator and Representatives to help us get this bill passed and finally pay the equitable pay they deserve".

Two of the 23 players are native New Yorkers.

Three days of celebrations culminate in a ticker-tape parade in NY, with the USA women's national team getting the champion's treatment for the second time in as many Women's World Cups after winning it all in France.

"NEW YORK: To be back home to celebrate with you all will be an honor", she wrote.

Arguably the most powerful moment in Sunday's 2-0 final victory over the Netherlands came after the final whistle when a chant of "equal pay" could be heard ringing around the State de Lyon.

Amid the glee over the team's on-field accomplishments, the parade is also likely to highlight the pay disparity between the U.S. national soccer teams: Despite enjoying more success and popularity, the women are paid less than the men, and the female athletes are heading to mediation to try to resolve a lawsuit they filed against U.S. Soccer in March.

"I've been following this team over the years and I'm so happy that they're so successful", she said.

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