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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team has pushed to be treated the same as their male counterparts, specifically when it comes to equal pay.
Now a a national women's advocacy organization is backing their fight.
UltraViolet has created a 30-second commercial that was scheduled to air during Tuesday night's game between the U.S. and Colombia. The spot highlights the glass wall that remains for the women's team, which has four Olympic gold medals and three World Cup championships. The ad will air in Seattle and Baltimore, as well as on several major sports websites.
This past March, five members of the U.S. women's team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission arguing that U.S. Soccer had broken the law in paying them less than their male counterparts. The five who filed the suit are Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Hope Solo.
"The U.S. women's team is the best in the world ... they have brought tremendous prestige to U.S. soccer and inspired a passion for sports in young women across the world," said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. "That's why it's so disgraceful that despite these tremendous successes these sports heroes are still paid less than half the pay of the U.S. men's team, which has never even won a single World Cup or an Olympic championship. Our message to U.S. soccer is simple: women deserve equal pay for equal play,"
More than 72,000 UltraViolet members have signed a petition urging FIFA demanding equal pay for the US Women's National soccer team.