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as the reigning women's World Cup champs prepare to compete for their fourth title in June members of the U. S. women's soccer team sat down with Reuters to discuss their lawsuit against the U. S. soccer federation alleging gender discrimination we don't want to become an us versus them co captain Megan Rapinoe explaining it's not just about equal pay but also improving the sport for females at all levels of the game I don't think you can talk about compensation articulately or intelligently until you have a conversation about funding across the board so where the US youth teams or staffing for each team or promotions sponsorship %HESITATION you know advertising for both teams I don't think that that is equal yet there interview time to equal pay day in the U. S. to that end nutrition snack company Luna bar on Tuesday said it would give each member of the women's World Cup team a one time payment of thirty one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars the difference in the bonuses paid to each member of the U. S. men's World Cup squad adidas to has said that if the women win the World Cup those sponsored by adidas will receive the same bonuses as their male counterparts well not named in the lawsuit international governing body FIFA is also faulted by the women for being out of step with the times we are hopeful that %HESITATION fever is doing things to put more women and like executive positions and more women with envy find general %HESITATION we still feel like they're very behind on the trend the women's World Cup kicks off in France on June seventh