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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer invites U.S. women’s soccer team to Michigan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants members of the U.

S. women’s soccer team to come to Michigan, extending an invite to the World Cup champions in a social media post.

In a video posted to Twitter Tuesday afternoon, Whitmer congratulated the team on their victory and said she and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson hope members of the team can make a stop in Michigan.

“We will celebrate your victory, talk about women in sports and we can even talk about pay equity over a cup of tea,” Whitmer said, alluding to forward Alex Morgan’s celebratory tea sip hand motion after scoring a goal against England.

Last month, Whitmer announced the creation of a task force to promote more opportunities for women and girls in sports, chaired by Benson. The 15-member task force was tasked with assessing current options for female athletes and coming up with recommendations by March 2021.

Whitmer has also called for pay equity and signed an executive order near the beginning of her term prohibiting state agencies and departments from asking for or obtaining a job applicant’s current or previous salaries until after they’ve offered them the job in an effort to reduce gaps in pay between men and women.

The U.

S. women’s soccer team is currently fighting to be compensated the same as their male counterparts.

Earlier this year, team members filed a gender discrimination suit against the U.S.

Soccer Federation alleging unequal treatment.

The team has already been invited to Capitol Hill by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.

S. Rep.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

A comment from Megan Rapinoe, one of the team’s biggest stars, about not wanting to go to the White House if invited that surfaced during the World Cup drew ire from President Donald Trump, who tweeted that he’d be inviting the team win or lose and that “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her the team.”

According to ABC News, Trump told recently told reporters, “We haven’t really thought about it,” when asked whether he’d be extending an invite to the team following their victory.

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