Biden, Rapinoe push for gender pay equity

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Rapinoe and Purce went to the White House to mark Equal Pay Day with Biden, and their teammates who attended virtually.

"I've been devalued, I've been disrespected and dismissed because I am a woman," Rapinoe said at the White House. "I've been told I don't deserve any more than less... Despite all the wins, I'm still paid less than men who do the same job that I do."

Wednesday is Equal Pay Day, which marks how much longer into a new year U.S. women on average must work to earn what the average man earned the previous year.

The pay gap is far greater when calculated for Black women, who earn 63 cents on the dollar, and Latina women, who earn just 55 cents, and the gap likely widened during the coronavirus pandemic, experts say.

"Equal pay" became a huge rallying cry for the soccer squad led by Megan Rapinoe, which won the Women’s World Cup for a second consecutive time in 2019, and fans after the team sued U.S. Soccer, alleging gender discrimination.