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HBO Max released a full-length trailer for "LFG," its documentary on the U.S. women's national soccer team's fight for equal pay. And it will make you want to run through a wall. Or at least clear your schedule for the release date.
HBO releases USWNT equal pay documentary
The two-minute trailer opens with Megan Rapinoe's speech at the victory parade in New York City following the 2019 World Cup. It then transitions into the crux of the documentary: USWNT's battle for equal pay through the years, specifically the gender discrimination lawsuit filed in March 2019.
"The story is the same everywhere. Women get paid less to do the same job," Rapinoe says in a one-on-one interview.
The rest of the trailer plays with "Just A Girl" by No Doubt in the background as parties briefly touch on aspects of the players' fight with the U.S. Soccer Federation. Becky Sauerbrunn, Sam Mewis, Kelley O'Hara, Jessica McDonald, Rapinoe and former USWNT star Julie Foudy all appear in interviews during the trailer.
Academy Award-winners Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine directed the documentary, which will be available on HBO Max on June 24. It's the first production by Abby Greensfelder's Everywoman Studios, launched last year to focus on female-forward stories with a positive cultural impact.
A press release describes it as a "no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. women's national team's ongoing fight for equal pay." The documentary airs one month before the USWNT is set to arrive in Tokyo to compete in the Olympics.
USWNT equal pay fight still in courts
The USWNT players settled a working conditions claim with the U.S. Soccer Federation in April, allowing them to move forward with an appeal of a judge's 2020 dismissal of the equal pay claims. They filed the appeal days later.
“For each win, loss and tie that women players secure, they are paid less than men who play the same sport and who do the same work; that is gender discrimination,” players’ spokeswoman Molly Levinson said in a statement. “A pervasive atmosphere of sexism drove this pay discrimination.”
The court asked players to submit a brief by July 23 and the federation to submit its brief by Aug. 23.
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