Megan Rapinoe Teams With Bidens on Equal Pay Day

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Megan Rapinoe Teams With Bidens on Equal Pay Day

President Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden, were joined by the women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe to outline the importance of equal pay after a year when many women had to leave the work force because of the pandemic.

“Frankly, we shouldn’t be satisfied until Equal Pay Day is no longer even necessary to mention at all. The reality, though, is that in nearly every job, more than 90 percent of the occupations, women still earn less than men. It doesn’t matter if you’re an electrician, an accountant or part of the best damn soccer team in the world. The pay gap is real. And this team is living proof that you can be the very best at what you do and still have to fight for equal pay.” “How do we value women when they have to work three months and 24 days longer to make the same amount as their male colleagues? Equal work deserves equal pay, no matter who does it.” “I’ve helped, along with all of my teammates virtually here today, one teammate literally here today, win four World Cup championships and four Olympic gold medals for the United States. Despite all the wins, I’m still paid less than men who do the same job that I do. And I know there are millions of people who are marginalized by gender in the world and experience the same thing in their jobs, and I know that there are people who experience even more where the layers of discrimination continue to stack against them. And I and my teammates are here for them. We on the U.S. Women’s National Team today are here because of them.”

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