By: Rachel Frazin – thehill.com – June 16, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday called for equal pay for the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
“Good luck to the @USWNT as they take on Chile!” Biden, who is currently running for president, tweeted Sunday. “As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men.”
The 2020 Democratic frontrunner joined other presidential hopefuls like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) who expressed similar sentiments last week.
President Trump, meanwhile, reported refused to say if the women’s national soccer team should be paid the same as the men, saying “we’ll talk about this later,” when asked by a reporter.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the president “supports equal pay for equal work,” but declined to say specifically whether he reported the soccer team’s efforts.
Players on the team earlier this year sued the United States Soccer Federation, alleging gender discrimination and inequity in areas including pay, practice time, practice locations, medical treatment, coaching and travel. The team won its third World Cup title in 2015 and is currently defending that title in France.
Biden, Warren, Harris and Gillibrand are among two dozen people vying for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.
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