In a recent video that Snoop Dogg shared on Instagram, the artist called for equal pay for the United States Women’s National Team, who recently won the Women’s World Cup for the second year in a row.
The USWNT won the Women’s World Cup this year with a 2-0 score against the Netherlands, which is now igniting a conversation regarding the pay disparity between women and men soccer players.
In Snoop Dogg’s post, he congratulated the team before expressing why he thinks that they deserve higher pay, especially after winning the Women’s World Cup two years in a row.
“Food for thought. Shout out to the USA Women’s Soccer Team for their fourth world cup, but what I want to talk about is they only get $90,000 per player, but the men, if they win they get $500,000 per payer. Sorry a** f**king men from the US team may never win sh*t, ain’t ever win sh*t, can’t even get out the f**king first round, ” Snoop Dogg said. “Man, pay them ladies, man. Pay the girls what they’re worth. The women should be getting $500,000 per athlete. Snoop Dogg says so.”
“Them girls won four World Cups, and $90,000? Man, please,” Snoop continued. “Pay them $500,000 per player. Snoop Dogg says so. USA soccer. Let’s go, girls. The marathon continues.”
In 2016, the Washington Post reported that a class-action lawsuit was filed by the USWNT who earned $164,320 less (or 38% of the compensation) than a male who played similarly on the U.S. men’s team. Following the lawsuit, the Washington Post reported that the women soccer players now make $28, 333 less than the men, who receive a bonus per game they lose of $5,000. Meanwhile, the women soccer players don’t receive anything for losing.
From 2016 to 2018, the USWNT brought in $900,000 more in revenue than the U.S. men’s soccer team did, but yet they’re still underpaid, as the Wall Street Journal reported. When it comes to the World Cup, the winning men’s team garnered a $400 million prize, while the winning women’s team only received $30 million.
Apparently, Snoop D-O double G isn’t the only person sounding off on the unfairness of the pay disparity on social media. US Senator Elizabeth Warren and tennis legend Billie Jean King took to Twitter to talk about the issue as well. Check out their tweets below.