The United States’ Women’s National Soccer Team had a huge victory against Japan to win the World Cup on July 5…but they won’t even come CLOSE to making as much money as the winning men’s team did in 2014. Oh — and fans are NOT happy about it!
Whoa, this is pretty shocking. While it’s nothing new that women are making less money than men, the difference between how much the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s Soccer Team is making compared to what their male counterparts did in 2014 is absurd. Check out some outraged fan reactions to the revelation!
After a buzzed-about 5-2 victory to close out the 2015 World Cup tournament on July 5, the ladies from the U.S. will take home $15 million. Not a bad prize, right?! Maybe so…until you compare it to the whopping $575 million the winning men’s team made in 2014!
Shockingly, the ladies will walk away with nearly 40 times less than the men. And there’s a major difference when it comes to bonuses, too: While the gals will take home a $2 million bonus prize, Germany’s men’s team won a $35 million bonus for winning last year. Insane.
Still, the win was a huge moment for the U.S. — 25.4 million people watched the women take home the W, making it the most-watched soccer event on television in U.S. history, according to the New York Times. That just makes the pay difference even more shocking! Naturally, fans are outraged over finding out this news. Check out some reactions:
The US women’s soccer team WINS the World Cup but are still paid millions less than the men that didn’t even make the finals?! Ok.
— LDN BOUND (@BreakfastClub1D) July 7, 2015
— Danielle (@Koylezz) July 7, 2015
— Kelsey R. Barowich (@krae_baro) July 7, 2015
“there’s no such thing as a wage gap” but the Women’s soccer team got paid almost 5x less to WIN than US men to LOSE the World Cup #WorldCup
— court (@courtneyxrad) July 7, 2015
Womens World Cup got 30 million views. More than the men’s soccer or any sport has gotten and yet the women still got paid 4x less than men.
— Izzy Bradley (@Izzy_Brad) July 7, 2015
HollywoodLifers, tell us: What do you think of the difference in pay between the men’s and women’s teams?
— Alyssa Norwin