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The Equality League recently published our open letter to Carlos Cordeiro, President of the US Soccer Federation, and Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, with more than 100 signatories from around the world - including the US National Women’s Team Players’ Association. It is time for girls, women, and the next generation of female-identifying athletes to have equal pay, equal prize money, equal investment, equal protection, and equal opportunity. Join our multi-sector coalition, for the time is now for solidarity and action.

 

July 15, 2019

Carlos Cordeiro, President
United States Soccer Federation                  

Gianni Infantino, President
Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Dear Messrs Cordeiro and Infantino:

The Women’s World Cup in France ignited global enthusiasm and expectations for equal pay and equal prize money in football. The exceptional talent and record viewership driven by the Women’s World Cup exposed the pay structure and prize gaps between female and male athletes as indefensible and anachronistic.  

Globally, the pay gap for prize money is stark. In 2018, the Men’s World Cup in Russia had a prize purse of $400 million. This year, the Women’s World Cup purse was a mere $30 million—a $370 million-dollar gap. At the U.S. Soccer Federation level, despite consistently outperforming the US Men’s team in global play with four World Cups won, an enormous gap remains.

We urge your federations to swiftly address compensation inequities between women and men – and to set new standards of equality for all football federations and sport federations worldwide.

We the undersigned organizations ask you to commit to equal pay, equal prize money, equal protection, and equal opportunity for women and the next generation of female-identifying athletes. The strength and impact of sport to lead moments of cultural change is a value we share.

Your leadership on this issue will send a strong signal to other countries who participate in “the beautiful game”; that FIFA and U.S. Soccer will not tolerate ugly gender discrimination and that it recognizes the value female athletes bring to the cross-cultural and near universal reach of football.

Mara Gubuan — Founder of Equality League

USWNT Players Association

Time’s Up

Tina Brown

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Abigail E. Disney — Activist and Filmmaker 

Prince Ali of Jordan — Founder and Chairman of AFDP Global

Lori Lindsey — Former member U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Kelly Lindsey — Former member U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Terri Jackson — Executive Director, WNBPA

Hilary Pennington — Executive Vice President, Ford Foundation

Ana L. Oliveira — President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation

Christina Lowery — CEO, Girl Rising

David Grevemberg

Dr. Jen Welter — First female NFL coach

Athlete Ally

Gigi Alford — Sport and Rights Alliance

Nicole Allison — Director of Partnership Marketing, NHL

Daniyal Alvi — National Director, Special Olympics Pakistan

Lindsay Amstutz — Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Marketing, FOX Sports

Lauren Anderson — Global Women’s Advocate and former FBI Executive

Heather Arnet — CEO, Women and Girls Foundation of SWPA

Anthony Arnove — Voices of a People’s History of the United States

Tina Acosta — Director of Program Outreach, Turnstone Center

Athens Women’s Football Summit

Matthew Barrett — Founder, Goal Click

Megan Bartlett — Founder, We Coach

Katherine Bayh — In memory of Senator Birch Bayh, Author of Title IX and the Equal Rights Amendment

Gary Beban — Heisman Trophy winner 1967

Paul Beban — Journalist

Lisa Belcastro — Prince George’s County Public Schools

Ashley Bernhard — CEO, Haven Hill

Rochel Leah Bernstein — Founder, Child Safety Pledge

David Berri — Journalist

Elizabeth Blackney — Executive Director, The People’s Portfolio

Beyond Sport

Trina Bolton

Laura Burton, PhD — Professor, Sport Management, University of Connecticut

Betsy Butler - Executive Director, California Women’s Law Center

Elisa Camahort Page — Author, Road Map for Revolutionaries and BlogHer Co-founder

Scott Carmichael — CEO, Prodigy Sports

Brielle Carter — Program Manager, Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center

Marysol Castro — Journalist, PA Announcer MLB

JF Cecillon — CEO, Prince Ali AFDP Global

Derek Daniels — Director Adaptive Sports and Fitness Programs, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Maggie Davis — JAMAA Productions

Anthony DiCicco

Tom Donahue — Director, This Changes Everything

Susan Dunlap — CEO, Susan Dunlap and Associates

Julie Eddleman — Global Client Partner, Google

Lauren Embrey — Chair, Embrey Family Foundation 

Samantha Ettus — CEO, Park Place Payments

Allison Fine — Founder and CEO, Network of Newly Elected Women

Maria Finitzo — Filmmaker, Dilemma of Desire

Shannon Galpin — National Geographic Adventurer and Explorers’ Club Fellow 

Tammi Gaw — Founder and Executive Director, Advantage Rule

Joann Gilbert-Holmes

Kathryn Gill — Australian PFA

Majken Gilmartin — Co-founder, Global Goals World Cup

Liz Gray

Andrea Hagan

Pamelya Herndon — CEO, KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change

David Hirshey — Current Writer-at-Large for Eight by Eight Magazine and former ESPN soccer columnist

Nancy Hogshead-Makar — Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming and CEO, Champion Women

Diane Hosey — Embrey Family Foundation

Jessica Houssian — Co-Founder & Partner, Equality Fund

Peter Hughes — Director of Adaptive Athletics, University of Arizona

Cynthia Kane — Filmmaker

Harjit Kaur — Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates

Deepak KC — Deputy Secretary General, National Paralympic Committee of Nepal

Stacey Keare — President, Girls Rights Project

Dr. Lindsay Krasnoff — Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy

Elizabeth Kristen — Senior Staff Attorney, Fair Play for Girls in Sport project of Legal Aid at Work

Corinna Kuhl

Sarah LaFleur — Founder and CEO, M.M.LaFleur

Leah LaPlaca — Formerly VP of Audience Strategy, ESPN

Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. — Director, The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

John Lisko — Executive Communications Director, Saatchi & Saatchi

Florence Lloyd-Hughes — Journalist

Melissa Ludtke – Journalist

Padmaja Malladi

Sam Marchiano

Anne-Caroline Pissis Martel

Helen Maroulis - Olympic Gold Medalist in Wrestling

Jennifer McGarry, PhD - Professor and Department Head, Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut

Mary McVeigh Connor - Co-Founder and ED, Soccer Without Borders 

Ernestine Miller - Founding member, Women in Sports & Events (WISE)

Pat Mitchell - Media Executive and TEDWomen Curator

Sarah Motola

Kely Nascimento - President, Nascimento Foundation

Stephen Ortega - Professor, Global Sports Initiative at Harvard and Simmons University

Barbara Peacock - Secretary General, International Powerchair Football Association and Coach with Arizona Disabled Sports

Simone Pero - Chair, New York Women in Film and Television

Susie DeLellis Petruccelli - Documentarian, Warriors of a Beautiful Game

Carole Ponchon - CEO, BeInnovActiv

Amy Poyer - Senior Staff Attorney, California Women’s Law Center

Diane Quon - Filmmaker, Dilemma of Desire

David Ramsey - Principal, U.S. Southeast Enterprise Sales, Amazon Web Services

Sally Roberts - Founder and Executive Director, Wrestle Like a Girl

Sue Rodin - President, Stars & Strategies, Inc. and Founder & Chair Emerita, Women in Sports & Events (WISE)

Maren Rojas - South Shore Select Soccer

Susan Ruff - Director, Cambridge Youth Soccer

Lauren Ruotolo - Creative Content Partnership Lead , Global Content Lab for Johnson & Johnson

Erin Ryder - JAMAA Productions

Zainab Salbi - Founder, Women for Women International

Shawn Schatzle - Associate, Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP

Jamie Schmill - Director of Research and Impact, Laureus Sport for Good USA

Marianne Schnall - Journalist and Founder of Feminist.com and WhatWillItTake.com

Shannon Schneeman - Executive Director, America Scores NY           

Cameron Sinclair - Social Impact Designer

Bex Smith - Global Executive Director of the Women’s Game, Copa90

Vanessa Smith - JAMAA Productions

Fred Sullivan - Executive Director, ManUp 

Cynthia Richie Terrell - Founder & Executive Director, RepresentWomen

Kim Turner - Senior Staff Attorney, Fair Play for Girls in Sport project of Legal Aid at Work

Peggy Turner - Adapted Sports Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann

Carla Varriale - Partner, Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP

Lesley Visser - Sportscaster and Sportswriter

Amanda Vandervort - AFDP Global and Global Goals World Cup Advisor

Nefertiti Walker

Danielle Warby

Bill Weir - Journalist, CNN

Cheryl Whaley

Jamia Wilson - Director, and Publisher, Feminist Press

Women Win 

Shelley Zalis - CEO, The Female Quotient

Jacki Zehner - Co-Founder, Women Moving Millions and Former Partner and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Eglantina Zingg - Founder, Goleadoras

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Center for Sport, Peace, and Society at the University of Tennessee:

Dr. Sarah J. Hillyer, PhD — Director, University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

Dr. Carolyn Spellings, PhD — Chief of Evaluation, Research, and Accountability, University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

Dr. Alicia Malnati, PhD — Chief of Communication and Strategic Partnerships, University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

Dr. Cherry Brewer, PhD — Program Coordinator, University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

Morgan Irish-George, Media and Content Manager — University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

Rainey Johns, Program Assistant — University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

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Center for Sport, Peace, and Society International Delegates:

Vibhas Sen, India — Wheelchair fencer and entrepreneur

Alejandra Rodriguez-Larrain, Peru — CEO, Peru Runners

Justin Vijay Jesudas, India — Director of partners and sports, The Spinal Foundation  

Shams Aalam, India — Adaptive swimmer and disability rights activist

Anna Cecilia López, Mexico — Gender equality activist

Claudia Contreras, Venezuela — Sports psychologist and rugby coach

Rabia Qadir, Pakistan — CEO, Galaxy Sports Academy and sports journalist

Chipasha Kapela, Zambia — Administrative officer, Zambia Paralympic Committee 

Chyloe Kurdas, Australia — National Female Participation Manager, Golf Australia

Iman Sabbagh, Jordan — Physical education teacher, Imam Sadr Foundation 

Minjei Jeon, South Korea — Project manager, Korea Olympic Committee

Kamile Sakalauskaité, Lithuania — Head of Projects, Lithuanian Paralympic Committee 

Silvija Mitevska, Mitevska — President, TAKT: Together Advancing Common Trust

Maja Ciganovic, Serbia — President, Center for Affirmation of Women in Sport

Adeline Dumapong, Philippines — 5x Paralympian, Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled

Julia Vergueiro, Brazil — Founder and CEO, Pelado Real Futebol Clube

Albina Zakirova, Russia — Founder, Dreamski

Elvira Dushku, Kosovo — Secretary General, FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship

Jameson Ssenkungu, Uganda — Administrator and coach, Uganda Paralympic Committee 

Qapela Dlamini, South Africa — Director, NGO “CREATE” for persons with disabilities

Chocho Immaculate, Uganda — Secretary of sport and environment, Kampala City Council Authority

Tegan Onojaife, Nigeria — Sportscaster, producer, and founder of NGO, Ladies in Sports International

Alemayehu Teferi, Ethiopia — Household Surveys and Price Statistics Directorate Directo, Central Statistics Agency of Ethiopia 

Majidah Nantanda, Uganda — Head Coach, Ugandan Women’s National Soccer Team

Aline Silva, Brazil — Olympic wrestler and entrepreneur

Hassan Badji, Senegal — Director of Athlete Leadership Programs, Special Olympics Senegal

Agnes Baluka, Uganda — Sports Tutor, Busitema University

Akhona Makalima, South Africa — CEO, Powerhouse Events

Fatma Said Ahmed, Zanzibar, Tanzania — Coaches Across Continents

 

This letter is being distributed by Equality League, a charitable organization advancing women’s rights by ensuring safe and equal access to sport for women and girls worldwide.