The U.S. women's national soccer team has won four Olympic gold medals and, this month, they'll go for a fifth. They are also taking part in an even more arduous competition. Namely, since filing a wage-discrimination complaint in March, the women have been fighting to receive the same pay as their male counterparts.
It is indisputable that the women's team has enjoyed more on-the-field success. In addition to their Olympic medals, they have won three World Cup titles and seven CONCACAF Gold Cups. Generally speaking, the men's team is applauded whenever they make it as far as a tournament's quarterfinals stage. What comes as a surprise to many is that the women also generate higher profits for the U.S. Soccer Federation. In 2015, they turned a profit of $6.6 million, versus under $2 million from the men's team.
So why aren't they being paid equally? And how big is the disparity?