WSF Releases Amicus Brief with NWLC Supporting USWNT

Published on September 15th, 2021

On July 30, 2021, the Women’s Sports Foundation along with our partners at the National Women’s Law Center, filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit supporting the women on the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) in their fight for equal pay and equal treatment. The amicus brief was signed by 63 other organizations committed to advancing gender justice and our pro bono partners at Selendy & Gay PLLC.

A few months prior to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USWNT players filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation with alleging gender discrimination. After a federal district judge dismissed the USWNT’s equal pay claims, the players appealed to the Ninth Circuit. With this appeal, the USWNT continues their fight to be treated equally to their male counterparts by their national governing body. The USWNT is a perennial powerhouse, with four FIFA Women’s World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals.

You can read the full amicus brief here.