EUGENE, Ore. -- After being re-sparked by comments Megan Rapinoe made about not only pay disparity, but in the difference of the coverage and treatment of the women's team, it seems the conversation revolving disparity in sports is louder than usual.
This has captured the attention of not only local sports leaders, but also the community.
Well on their way to their second consecutive World Cup victory the USWNT received not only cheers of triumph, but according to fans who were there, solidarity from fans demanding they be paid what the men do.
There is now a deafening "EQUAL PAY" chant thundering through the stadium in Lyon.
— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) July 7, 2019
"If you really care are you letting the (pay) gap grow? Are you scheduling three finals on the same day? No, you're not," said Rapinoe.
Fans also took to twitter to voice their support.
I want to be a soccer player when I grow up
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) July 7, 2019
Congratulations to @USWNT, our 2019 World Cup champions!! We’re proudly shining in red, white & blue tonight in honor of their victory! ⚽️��
— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) July 7, 2019
The issue is not new.
In 2016, five members of the USWNT filed a complaint with the U.S. soccer federation with the equal employment opportunity commission citing a nearly $20 million gap.
Local sports leaders say it's not just soccer and it's not just at the national level.
Chesley Lindsey is the president of the women's rugby team at the University of Oregon and she says the treatment different between her team and the men's team is crystal clear.
"Last year during our season we had 9 -11 P.M. practices on the turf field from January to April while the men practiced at much more convenient times," said Lindsey.
Local fans say they think the win sets a great example for the next generation.
"Love the fact that, especially little boys can see at a young age that women can do bigger things than men can do," said Eugene resident Johnathan Scott. "I think it's just a really magical thing because misogynism (sic) has lasted for so long and it's slowly and slowly coming to more terms with what the reality is which is that we're equal."
Bolstered by a little extra bling for the team - the conversation over disparity between men's and women's sports continues.
Almost a billion people tuned in to the games this year broadening the stage as they continue forth with their fight for what they hope will be a closed gap.
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