Reportedly U.S. President Joe Biden will host groundbreaking members of the U.S. Women’s national soccer team at the White House on Wednesday as a part of his push to secure better pay for the American women, who earn 82 cents on an average for every dollar earned by men.
Wednesday is Equal Pay Day which shows how much longer into a new year the U.S. women on average must work to earn what the average man earns the previous year. The pay is greater when is calculated for the Black women, who reportedly earn 63 cents on the dollar, and Latina women, who earn just 55 cents, and the experts have stated that the gap has widened during the pandemic.
The concern for Equal Pay became a huge rallying cry for the soccer squad that won the Women’s World Cup for a second consecutive time in 2019 and the team’s fans after Megan Rapinoe, and her teammates sued the U.S. Soccer, alleging gender discrimination.
Given the corona virus pandemic and its economic fallout, there has been a long-standing disparity in the pay scale between men and women that triggered Vice President Kamala Harris to call it a national emergency for women.
The U.S. House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has stated that the challenges of the past year had inflicted a devastating toll on American women and had vowed to push through legislation to end the gender wage gap, and thereby strengthen women’s economic security.
Biden’s corona virus relief package of $1.9 billion includes certain measures that are being aimed at getting the millions of women who left the labor force during the pandemic back to work. His next push values at $3 trillion will further go to expand the childcare infrastructure and creating jobs, the administration has confirmed.
Kamala Harris told the women’s advocacy groups during a virtual meeting that the change was much overdue and it was time to deal with the fact that the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour gets added up to an annual salary of $15000, and one amongst three of those workers was a woman of color, she added.
Furthermore, Rapinoe told the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that the World Cup winners had exceeded the accomplishments of their male counterparts but have received insufficient compensation and other playing conditions.
Co-chair of the newly established White House Gender Council Policy, Jennifer Klein said that they are heroines because they have championed this issue for all women. This is an issue that is mostly true around every country, where women are paid less.
The team has finally reached a settlement in December with the U.S. Soccer on various working conditions, that includes team travel and accommodations, but they are still fighting in the courts to achieve equal pay to the men’s soccer team.