The U.S. Women's Soccer Team May Boycott Rio Over Equal Pay
These women are speaking out when it comes to the gender wage gap in sports—and speaking loudly, at that
Fresh from their 2015 World Cup victory, the tough-as-nails U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is a force to be reckoned with. It's like they're changing the soccer game with their ferocity. (Did you know their winning game was the most-watched soccer game in history?)
But they're looking to change a whole other kind of game: specifically, the gender wage gap game. For every dollar a man earns in the U.S., a woman makes just 79 cents, according to the latest Congressional report. What's sad, though, is that the gap is far greater in the athletic world: American male soccer players are paid between $6,250 and $17,625, while female players receive $3,600 and $4,950 per game-just 44 percent of what their male counterparts earn, according to a complaint filed by co-captain Carli Lloyd and four other teammates to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discriminationby. And now, each of the soccer stars are speaking out on the subject.
First, Lloyd penned an essay on her own reasons for fighting for equal pay (besides the painfully obvious) for the NYTimes; teammate Alex Morgan wrote her own opine for Cosmopolitan. And this morning, co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn told ESPN that she and the rest of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team are seriously considering boycotting the Olympic games if the pay gap doesn't close.
"We're leaving every avenue open," Sauebrunn said of whether they'd actually boycott or not. "If nothing has changed and we don't feel any progress had been made, then it's a conversation that we're gonna have." It's not like they haven't been serious about it already! Watch the full interview with Sauerbrunn below to hear more.