U.S. women’s national soccer team stars Megan Rapinoe and Margaret Purce were at the White House Wednesday, participating in an event marking “Equal Pay Day.”
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That’s the day symbolizing how far into the year women must work on average to make up the pay disparity between what men and women earned the prior year. The Census Bureau estimates that a woman working full-time would earn about 82 cents for each dollar paid to a man.
In a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room, Rapinoe told members of the press “It’s really amazing,” to be at the White House. “Both of us feel honored to even be invited and continue the fight that we’ve had for a long time,” she said.
Rapinoe called the Biden administration “much more welcoming,” than that of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, adding, “so that’s also nice.”
The U.S. women’s soccer team most recently won the World’s Cup in 2019 and has sued the U.S. Soccer Federation over wage discrimination.
The pay gap impacts the entire economy in ways that exacerbate other issues such as racial inequality. The National Women’s Law Center found that Black women earn just 63 cents for a dollar paid to a non-Hispanic white man, while Hispanic women make only 55 cents. That difference translates into a loss of roughly $1 million in income over a lifetime.