The US Women’s Football Team celebrated their fourth World Cup championship with a ticker-tape parade in New York City on Wednesday
Several of the stars documented the celebration on social media, starting even before the floats took off down the streets of New York.
Months before the World Cup kicked off, women’s team stars Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation, claiming they deserve to be paid what the American men are paid for their international performances.
The federation denied the claim in May, saying the disparities were the product of business decisions rather than any efforts to discriminate, Sports Illustrated and other media outlets reported. The USSF also said the men and women are subject to different collective bargaining agreements, which are not made public.
While the parade was going on, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he has signed equity pay legislation in New York state.
He tweeted a photo of himself at today’s parade.
“The women’s soccer team plays the same game that the men’s soccer players play — only better. If anything, the men should get paid less,” he tweeted.
The New York City parade celebrating the US women’s soccer team was billed as a “ticker tape parade” — and it delivered on that promise.
Masses of confetti rained down down on lower Manhattan as the championship team rode floats.
So what is ticker tape, anyway? Printed from stock tickers, a machine that that tracked stock information, ticker tape became a source for scrap paper thousands used to celebrate the homecoming of national heroes.
But Wednesday’s confetti probably didn’t come from tickers. As the stock exchange upgraded to using electronic devices, ticker tape became harder to come by, and parade attendees began using shredded paper.