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As the U.S. Women’s National Team defends their 2016 World Cup title, they are also fighting a long and drawn out battle for equal pay. Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY

Of course, it would have been easier for the U.S. women to wait. To have the focus be solely on the World Cup, the biggest tournament of their careers, and not have all these questions about why they are suing their employers.

But the U.S. women don’t do easy. They never have.

Going back almost to its formation, the U.S. women’s team has been pushing to be treated – and compensated – like its male counterpart. Months after winning the World Cup, the

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