During the TIME 100 Gala this year, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn addressed the federal wage discrimination suit five U.S. women’s soccer players have filed. The women’s team just won a World Cup, but the members are reportedly still paid just 40% of the mediocre male U.S. soccer team.
“I really hope they win that lawsuit: they’re incredible and deserve it,” Vonn said. “A lot of times you can’t compare really men’s and women’s sports—they’re too different. But with soccer, the discrepancy is pretty blatant.”
She went on to say that the suit will likely set a precedent for other sports, where women are routinely underpaid and have fewer endorsements than their male counterparts. “I hope they win, and when these cases are won or lost, there’s always a ripple effect. So I hope they win so all female athletes can benefit.”
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