Women’s soccer vs. men’s soccer

The U.S. women’s soccer team has won four Olympic gold medals. With one brief interruption, the team has been continuously ranked No. 1 in the world since March 2008.

In contrast, the American men’s soccer team has never won an Olympic gold medal, and the team is ranked No. 30 in the world.

Guess which team’s players get paid more—a lot more? The women can get $72,000 to play a minimum of 20 non-tournament matches a year. But, the men play 20 games a year, too, for at least $5,000 a game. Plus, the men get much higher bonuses when they win a game.

Five of the players on the women’s team have filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for this “shameful treatment,” says Bruce Tomasco, an editor with The Dallas Morning News.

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