Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Lana Huberty


On International Women’s Day in March 2019, the United States Women’s National Team filed a class action lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation asserting violations of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII. The $24 million suit was settled on February 22, 2022, with the players receiving a $22 million lump sum payment. Following the victory of the USWNT equal pay lawsuit against the USSF, a new outlook for equal pay in women’s athletics began. The objective of this analysis will be to expand the literature and determine how the USWNT Equal Pay movement has shifted public opinion. Specifically, this study is designed to collect the opinions of men and women on their knowledge of the lawsuit and general opinion on women’s athletics. Study participants will be university student athletes, teachers, and coaches representing both genders, various races, and ages ranging from 18 years to 80 years. Using quantitative methods, the analysis will include using a one-way multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) test to examine the data from the surveys. Using the MANOVA will make it possible to see if there is a difference in opinion between ages groups, genders, and races.