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Cuomo signs law guaranteeing equal pay for USWNT

Cuomo signs law guaranteeing equal pay for USWNT

Following the US women's soccer team's World Cup victory, co-captain Megan Rapinoe said Tuesday that nobody on her team will be going to a White House celebration.

The ceremony honoring the team followed a ticker tape parade up lower Broadway's Canyon of Heroes.

Prior to the World Cup final, the team's co-captain Megan Rapinoe said that she would not visit the White House if her side won.

Take the first World Cup in 1991, which wasn't even called the "Women's World Cup".

While the honour has been bestowed on everyone from astronauts to record-breakers, soldiers, and world leaders, in recent decades it has more commonly been used to celebrate sports victories by teams such as baseball's New York Yankees or the NFL's New York Giants. "You're excluding. Americans that maybe support you", she said.

Upon winning their 4th World Cup title Sunday over Netherlands, 2-0, women's team members will receive a maximum of $200,000 each. These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher TV ratings but get paid less simply because they are women.

"I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women's Soccer Team could one day make the USA women's team and not get paid the same as the men's team", Senator Manchin said in a statement. The federation will give the women bonuses about five times smaller than what the men would have earned for winning the World Cup. The case is now in mediation. Fans chanted "equal pay" from the stands in France during the post-game celebration. "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.

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After the parade, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio will honor the team with symbolic keys to the city.

"Everyone's asking what's next and what we want to come all of this - it's to stop having the conversation about equal pay and are we worth it", Rapinoe said immediately following the match, before calling on both Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to step up and address the issue. "I don't think we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration".

"We're not gonna be invited", Ms Rapinoe said. "Straight girls and gay girls", she said. The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti.

The Department of Sanitation said it has assigned 350 workers to parade cleanup, with trucks, backpack blowers and brooms at their disposal. The win marks the USWNT's fourth World Cup win. Because as this team has taught us, being the greatest isn't just about how you play on the field.

"Proud to rep America's best team!"

Rapinoe, the outspoken star who won the awards for the tournament's best player and top scorer, also appeared on CNN and MSNBC later Tuesday.

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.


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