DELRAN, NJ (CBS) — A Delaware valley soccer superstar is asking for equal pay for the women who play the game, and she took her campaign to national TV last night.
The US women’s soccer team has dominated the game for 25 years. So they say they deserve to be paid as much as male players.
They’ve taken their fight to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filing a complaint against their employer, the US Soccer Federation.
Soccer great and Delran, New Jersey native Carli Lloyd appeared last night on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
“This is history-making, what we’re doing, what we’re fighting for. It not only resonates with this team and with generations to come but it’s global as well.”
The labor dispute isn’t just about money, it’s also about perks. One example, the men’s team flies first class, while the women fly coach.
“We feel like we’re treated like second-class citizens because they don’t care as much about us as they do the men.”
Lawyers for the Soccer Federation say any differences in pay and benefits have nothing to do with gender.