LFG: equal pay for women athletes

Megan Rapinoe in LFG

LFG is a new HBO documentary about the lawsuit women soccer players from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team brought against their soccer organization for equal pay.

In LFG, the case is explored from the beginning. Parts of it are still ongoing. Soccer players like Jessica McDonald, Kelley O’Hara, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn were spokeswomen for the team. Lawyers and others working on the case also appeared as talking heads.

It wasn’t all talking heads, however. There were plenty of shots of game play, workout sessions, personal stories, and public events.

The case for equal pay for women was spelled out carefully. Many of the arguments used by the U.S. Soccer Federation were clearly shown to be not based on facts. They were sexist and misogynistic in every way.

This information was obvious to players, fans, sponsors, and allies. But the U.S. Soccer Federation continues to put up roadblock and barriers against the women who want to be treated and paid equally to their male counterparts. The numbers don’t lie: the women’s team is better than the men’s team. The women’s team wins more and brings in more revenue. But that doesn’t translate to equal pay.

Every bit of public pressure from the lawsuit, from fans, from sponsors, and from projects like this documentary can help bring the patriarchal dinosaurs at the head of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Count into the 21st Century. I hope you can watch the film and leave good comments on it in places like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, because the sexist trolls are already hard at work giving it low ratings.

The film was written and directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix.

Are you wondering what LFG means? It means “Let’s f*cking go,” and is the women’s team rallying cry.

LFG poster

Here’s a look at the trailer.

Watch this film and then LFG get these women equal pay!

Author: Virginia DeBolt

After many years as an educator and writer, Virginia retired from working life. She's always loved a good movie or TV show and wants to use her free time to talk about them with you now. She's Old Ain't Dead!

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