The concept of being pay-equal really isn’t all that hard to understand.  If there are two identical jobs, and there is a man and a woman with the same qualifications, they should get paid the same amount doesn’t matter whether it’s an office job or a professional sport.

But if you want to talk about inequality in sports, then look no further than Women’s Soccer in the United States.  Did you know that The U.S Women’s National Team won the 2015 World Cup and split a cash prize of $2 million dollars?

Sounds great, right?

Yeah, but here’s the problem, the U.S Men’s National Team also participated in the World Cup (men’s division) and split earnings of $ 9 million for their run in the World Cup …. For finishing in 11th place!  Where’s the justice in that?

Don’t be surprised that whenever there’s talk about pay inequality in sports, critics are quick to play the market card. That is, the justification is that women’s sports are not nearly as popular as men’s.  But I’m not entirely convinced that the women’s soccer is that unpopular.  Just last year, Fox News earned $40 million ad revenue for the Women’s World Cup 2015 (which was up 45% percent from the Women’s World Cup in 2011).  So, you see, there’s something buzzing.

But let’s be fair here, FIFA has taken steps in addressing inequality in woman’s soccer (Woman’s Football Development Program), but only focus on it when they are not dealing with corruption scandals or controversial sexist remarks from male FIFA representatives.    Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter went as far as to say women should play in tighter shorts to boost popularity.  On second thought, maybe FIFA isn’t really helping out too much.

Ahem, so what can you do?  Here’s your homework:

  • Attend women’s sporting events or watch them on television.
  • Become an advocate for female athletes and stand up against discrimination.
  • Talk to your friends about women’s sports and encourage them to watch.

Let’s be part of the solution; not the problem.


Sources: 

Womenssportsfoundation.org

Thinkprogress.org

Fifa.com

Umbel.com

Sports.vice.com

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