Team USA has done it again! The Womens’ USA Soccer Team has won the World Championship for the 4th time in the Women’s Cup 8 year history. In the 8 years since the Women’s World Cup began the US has dominated. Here is their record:
- 1991 – Champions
- 1995 – Third Place
- 1999 – Champions
- 2003 – Third Place
- 2007 – Third Place
- 2011 – Second Place
- 2015 – Champions
- 2019 – Champions
In those 8 years, there have been 50 games and USWNT has gone 40-6-4 with 138 goals for and only 38 goals against. This team is PHENOMENAL.
And that’s why they should get paid the same as the men.
The prize money for the 2018 men’s World Cup Champions was $400 Million for the team. This year, the USWNT will only receive $30 Million dollars. The US Men’s World Cup team bonus, when they lost in round of 16 in 2014, was $5.375 million per player. For the women in 2015, when they WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP, it was only $1.725 million.
These women worked their asses off and they’re making nowhere near HALF that the men did?! I don’t think so. Neither did the people watching the US beat the Netherlands in the Final. As the game was coming to a close, the crowd began chanting “Equal Pay!”. The whole USWNT has been vocal about how they feel and power to them for it!
The USWNT have been fighting foe equal pay for far too long. In March, 28 members of the team launched a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation for not just equal play. They’re fighting for equal training facilities, equal travel conditions.
“for substantially equal work and by denying them at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment equal to the MNT.”
Now that the World Cup is over, they will continue talks for this equal pay. These women deserve it. They deserve to be compensated fairly for the work that they do. Women pro athletes are being left in the dark and it’s bullshit.
I, being a big hockey person, have seen what women hockey players have to put up with when it comes to making a career out of what they love. Like when Brianna Decker technically won an event at the NHL All-Star weekend and the NHL wouldn’t pay her because she wan’t apart of the league. How unfairly the NWHL is treated. Kendall Coyne Schofield, female hockey player that advocates for equal pay, told Washington Post:
“There has to come a time when women’s sports is not an afterthought; it is a thought alongside men’s sport, When are we done being pioneers?”
These women deserve their pay. They deserve the recognition. They are pioneers and heroes. Give them what they deserve.
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