On March 8, 2019 (International Women’s Day), the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a gender discrimination suit against U.S. Soccer Federation, which governs soccer in the U.S. The soccer team’s complaint alleges pay inequities, and inferior support and working conditions. In their statement released by the team, the players described “institutionalized gender discrimination” that they say has existed for years. This lawsuit raises the larger issue of equity in women’s sports and has prompted a conversation about the history of women and sports.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the U.S. women’s soccer team’s lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, understand this history of women, sports and Title IX and reflect on how sexism manifests in a variety of ways in women’s sports.