The female American football star Megan
Rapinoe testified Wednesday, before Congress and then at the Home
White, on wage inequalities between men and women, and called for action to be taken without delay to bridge the still glaring differences at all income levels.
“They devalued me because I am a woman,” said the player after meeting President Joe Biden, an “ally” with whom she showed her complicity. “This presidency is obviously much more welcoming than the last,” added with a smile the one who had promised not to go to the “p … of the White House” when Donald Trump was the tenant.
“It’s about fairness, it’s about being true to our values,” Joe Biden said for his part. “Thank you because you are an example.”
Two-time world champion with the United States, the forward claims that with the entire women’s soccer team she is paid as much as her male counterparts, who are much better paid despite worse sporting results. In 2019, international players attacked their federation for parity, without success so far.
“It is simply unacceptable that we continue to fight for equal pay,” the 35-year-old soccer player had previously launched before a parliamentary committee of the House of Representatives. “If it happens to us, if it happens to me, when we are in the limelight all the time, of course it happens” to all women, continued Megan Rapinoe, who documented her visit on Instagram.
In Washington for Equal Pay Day
He was in Washington for “Equal Pay Day,” which marks the extra time Americans need to make up for the wages pocketed by their male colleagues the previous year: almost three months.
For every dollar earned by an American man, a woman earns 82 cents. And the differences widen even more for African American women (60 cents) and Hispanic women (55 cents), according to pay equity organizations.
The situation is repeated “for practically all the jobs for which we have data,” said Nicole Mason, president of the center “Institute for Research on Women’s Policies.” “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 said. “But we don’t have to wait,” Megan Rapinoe said. “We can change that right now, you just have to have the will.”
Yet Congress takes these things in stride, amid deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats. While the progress of MPs is awaited, Joe Biden’s vast recovery plan, adopted in March in Congress, is particularly aimed at women. Because if the inequalities were already deep, the pandemic has further accentuated the differences.
With devastating effects, Nancy Pelosi lamented in a statement: “Millions of women who have lost their jobs and more than two million who have been forced to simply leave the labor market, including more than one million mothers, the lack of affordable access to child care ”.