“Devalued because a woman”, denounces Megan Rapinoe, international football star

The American football star Megan Rapinoe testified, Wednesday, before Congress and then at the White House, of the pay inequalities between men and women, of which she herself claims to be a victim, calling for action without delay to bridge the still glaring differences in all income levels. Listen to her :

“I have been devalued because I am a woman”, launched the player after meeting President Joe Biden, a “Ally” with which she displayed her complicity.

“This presidency is obviously much more welcoming than the previous one”, added with a big smile the one who had promised that she would not go to the “P … from White House” when Donald Trump was the tenant.

“It’s about justice”

“It is about justice, it is about being faithful to our values”, stressed Joe Biden. “Thank you because you are an example. “

Twice world champion with the United States, the striker claims with the entire women’s football team to be paid as much as their male counterparts, much better paid despite inferior sporting results.

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In 2019, the international players attacked their federation to obtain parity, without success so far.

“It is simply unacceptable that we are still fighting for equal pay”, had earlier launched the 35-year-old footballer before a parliamentary committee of the House of Representatives.

“If this happens to us, if it happens to me, while we are in the spotlight all the time, it does of course happen” to all women, continued Megan Rapinoe, who documented her visit on Instagram.

Three months for equal pay

Megan Rapinoe was in Washington for the “Equal pay day”, which marks the extra time it takes for Americans to catch up with the wages pocketed by their male colleagues the previous year: nearly three months.

For every dollar earned by an American man, a woman earns 82 cents. And the differences widen even more steeply for African American women (60 cents) and Hispanic women (55 cents), according to pay equity organizations.

The situation is repeating itself “For virtually all jobs on which we have data”, said Nicole Mason, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research center.

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It does not come “Individual choices of women” But “The systematic undervaluation of the talent, capacities and what women bring to the world of work”, she insisted.

“If we do nothing, women will not achieve economic parity with men before 2059. And for women of color, it will take more than a century”, she stressed.

“But we don’t have to wait”, said Megan Rapinoe. “We can change that right now, you just have to have the will. “

Pandemic effects “Devastating”

However, Congress should be slow to act, amid deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats.

The Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promised this Thursday, March 25 that a new text for “Strengthen and modernize” the 1963 Equal Pay Act would be passed in the lower house in April.

Despite their very narrow majority, the Democrats will probably not have enough votes to then move the examination of this text towards a vote in the Senate.

The arguments of House Republicans against this text varied during the hearing.

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For the elected Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel military school, the salary differences cannot be explained by a “Generalized discrimination” but by the fact that “Women in general are ready to trade a higher salary for more flexibility”.

“We are talking about the free market and freedom”said fellow Republican Pat Fallon, wondering why, if such differences existed, companies didn’t employ only women.

“It doesn’t work like that”, replied Nicole Mason, pointing out that there was no “Not a sector dominated by women where they earn more than men”.

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While waiting for a breakthrough by parliamentarians, Joe Biden’s vast recovery plan, adopted in March in Congress, particularly targets women. Because if the inequalities were already deep, the pandemic has further accentuated the differences.

With devastating effects, lamented Nancy Pelosi in a statement: “Millions of women who have lost their jobs and over two million who have been forced out of the workforce altogether, including over one million mothers, for lack of affordable access to child care. “

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