Canada’s women’s soccer team battles in parliament for pay equity IG News

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Members of Canada’s women’s soccer team are taking their fight for pay equality to Parliament today.

Captains Christine Sinclair, Janine Beckie, Sophie Schmidt and Quinn are to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage this afternoon. All four women’s team players serve as representatives.

The Canadian women, like their male counterparts, are embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with Canada Soccer, the sport’s governing body.

The Olympic champion women are seeking the same support and backing ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand as the men did ahead of their footballing showdown in Qatar last year. Both teams want Canada Soccer to open its books and explain why their schedules are being cut this year.

The women, whose current labor deal expires at the end of 2021, have reached an agreement in principle with Canada Soccer on compensation for 2022, but say other issues remain to be resolved.

Canada Soccer officials are scheduled to appear before a parliamentary committee on March 20.

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Olympian Charmaine Crookes named interim president of Canada Soccer

Five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks has been named interim president of Canada Soccer, becoming the first woman and person of color to be appointed to the role. The federation also named Kelly Brown as vice president of the organization.