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Whitmer Invites USWNT To Come Celebrate In Michigan [VIDEO]

"We could even talk about pay equity over a cup of tea."

July 09, 2019 - 9:42 pm

WWJ -- The celebration tour is underway for the US Women's National Team after the Americans won their second straight and fourth overall World Cup on Sunday.

The USWNT returned to fanfare in New York on Monday and had a day full of celebrating before a planned victory parade down the Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday.

Celebrations will continue for the team, which has not been shy about using their platform as a place to advocate for women's rights, gay rights, pay equity and more. A victory tour of friendly games is in the works, with the opener being Aug. 3 against Ireland at the Rose Bowl. Four other dates are planned, with venues and opponents yet to be announced.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took to social media Tuesday to invite the USWNT to come celebrate in Michigan.

"I wanted to congratulate the US Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup. We were thrilled to see that," Whitmer said in a video posted to Twitter.

"Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and I recently announced the Task Force on Women in Sports. And we were hoping you might want to come to Michigan. We’ll celebrate your victory, talk about women in sports and we could even talk about pay equity over a cup of tea."

The cup of tea, of course, is a reference to star Alex Morgan's celebration when she scored a goal against England two days before the Fourth of July.

It's unclear what exactly a visit from the USWNT would entail -- whether there is a rally for fans, or just a private meeting at the state capital, or perhaps they could even schedule one of their victory tour games in Michigan.

Whitmer referenced in her video the Task Force on Women in Sports, which was established last month to bring together local and national leaders to develop strategies that support and promote opportunities in Michigan for girls and women in sports.

"This is a chance for Michigan to become a national model for advancing opportunities for all women to lead in every arena," Benson said in a statement on the government website. "Sports is a great equalizer in our society, and research shows that women who play sports are more likely to seek and fill leadership positions in other sectors. I look forward to leading this important effort and developing solutions to level the playing field in opportunities for women in sports in our state."

As the USWNT stormed to yet another title, the debate over pay equity among the men's and women's national teams was reignited. The women's team filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation earlier this year claiming discrimination by the federation, saying they earn less money than the men, despite bringing in comparable revenue and bringing more on-field success.