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Members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team recently filed a formal complaint accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation of gender-based wage discrimination. Here’s what you need to know.

Q: Do players on the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams earn the same amount?
A: Women earn 42 percent more adoration and national pride than their male counterparts.


Q: Why aren’t wages on the women’s team equal to those on the men’s team?
A: The arbitrary justification of pay inequity is a man’s game.

Q: What is the purpose of the women’s national team’s lawsuit?
A: To shrink the pay gap between men’s and women’s soccer to something more in line with the level of wage discrimination accepted by the rest of society.

Q: Which players are behind the lawsuit?
A: The hot brunette one, the cute blond one, and a couple other really pretty ones.

Q: How successful is the women’s team?
A: Successful enough that not everyone has immediately labeled their demands as delusional.


Q: Is the pay inequity lawsuit a major scandal within professional soccer?
A: Pay inequity is currently the 14th-most significant ethical scandal in professional soccer.

Q: Who opposes the women’s team receiving equal pay?
A: Diehard fans of gender discrimination.


Q: Is Mia Hamm affected by this?
A: Mia Hamm has been retired since 2004.

Q: Will I, a woman, be paid more because of this?
A: No.

Q: At least this instance of women being paid less than men is just an isolated incident, right?
A: Thankfully, yes.


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