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A victory for equal pay in women's soccer

The U.S. women's national soccer team just clinched a major victory in its fight for equal pay. How it got there and what that could mean for women in sports everywhere.
Megan Rapinoe, centre, celebrates while accepting her bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. After years of pushing for equal pay, the U.S. Soccer Federation said on Tuesday it offered the men's and women's programs identical contracts. (Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the United States Soccer Federation reached a landmark agreement that ensures the U.S. women's and men's national soccer teams are paid equally.

The first of its kind, the deal puts an exclamation point on a wildly successful run for the U.S. women's team, including four FIFA World Cup titles that date back to 1991 — and Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. But it only came about after a hard-fought battle led by the team's star players.

Today on Front Burner, staff writer at The Athletic Stephanie Yang is here to break down how that battle played out and what the result means for women's sport around the world.

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