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The World Cup champions tackle equal pay

Today on Front Burner, writer and podcast host Shireen Ahmed, talks about equal pay in women’s soccer, and whether the success of the U.S. women’s team could help move the entire sport closer to pay equity.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 10: People cheer as members of the US Women's National Soccer Team travel down the "Canyon of Heroes" in a ticker tape parade on July 10, 2019 in New York City. The team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday in France to take the 2019 Women’s World Cup. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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After their record-setting fourth World Cup win, the U.S. women's soccer team has found themselves at the centre of an ongoing debate about pay equity in sport. The team has been followed by a chorus of "equal pay" from the pitch to their celebration parade in New York City. 

These calls for equal pay have been heightened by the fact that the team generates more revenue than their male counterparts — selling more jerseys, tickets and signing more sponsorship deals. So how does a pay difference of as much as $730,000 persist? On today's Front Burner, we talk to writer and podcast host Shireen Ahmed for answers.

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