The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Captain is taking a stand for equal pay.

By Hannah Marsh
Updated: September 07, 2016

Captain of the U.S. national women's soccer team Carli Lloyd is making headlines across the sports world today with her appearance in a powerful new ad titled "Fair Play Means Fair Pay."

Lloyd's accolades are numerous––there's no denying her athletic prowess. She's a two-time Olympic gold medalist, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion, the 2015 FIFA Player of the Year, and the 2015 IFFHS World's Best Woman Playmaker. Not impressed yet?

The midfielder's list of achievements goes on. Maybe even more recognizable than being named FIFA Player of the Year, she scored the gold medal-winning goals for the United States in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. And in the 2015 World Cup Final against Japan, she shocked all of us by scoring a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of play-a feat nearly unheard of at her level, let alone in a game of that caliber.

Yet amidst this string of honors, her appearance in the powerful ad points out a large flaw in the U.S. soccer federation––Lloyd and her teammates make significantly less money than their male counterparts, many of whom have accomplished notably fewer athletic milestones.

"Fair Play Means Fair Pay" is the foundational message of a simple-but-powerful advertisement made by Lifeway that points out the gender pay gap that still exists between men and women. And it's not just athletes who feel the pinch in their paychecks: these disparities exist both on and off the field. In 2015, female full-time workers made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21 percent across every industry.

One cannot deny the progress female athletes have made in the last decade, and no one is bashing on the men's team and their achievements. But Lloyd is taking a refreshing stand against the inequalities existing between genders that still plague our society today.



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