|TOGETHER LET’S CREATE
AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD
More than 50,000 fans cheered the U.S. Women’s National Team to World Cup victory in Vancouver, Canada. Another 20 million American fans watched the televised game — more than any other U.S. soccer event in history. The Women’s Sports Foundation is collecting donations to ensure equality (https://secure3.convio.net/wsf/site/Donation2;jsessionid=0035FFBC93366F70F30A0D15758CD6E5.app337a?2180.donation=form1&df_id=2180.).
Tweets about #FIFAWWC were viewed 9 billion times. In celebration, thousands of fans lined the New York City streets last Friday, eager to show their support – virtually renaming this famed ticker tape parade route the “Canyon of Heroines.” And on Wednesday night, the team was honored with the coveted ESPY for “Best Team,” besting Super Bowl Champs and NBA title winners.The 23 women of the U.S. National Team earned their Cup and the world’s respect for this tremendous athletic achievement. But did they earn the right to play soccer on a safe field….or earn a winners’ prize anywhere comparable to their male World Cup counterparts? A look at the circumstances around the 2014 Men’s World Cup and the 2015 Women’s Cup reveals that, disappointingly, the answer is a resounding “no.”