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Should women be paid the same as men in professional sports?
March is Women's History Month, and we at The Tylt want to appreciate some of the greatest women to ever play sports. From being a part of some of the best plays ever to fighting for wage equality, women athletes have to overcome a lot of adversity and scrutinization to be successful in their respective sports. They deserve to be celebrated for the great athletes that they are.
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The era of misogyny and sexism is over. Women have been under-appreciated and undervalued for working just as hard as men. It's time they got their due and were paid the same. Critics want to point to revenue as a source of disparity in professional leagues. And athletes like Hope Solo argue official governing bodies, such as the United States Soccer Federation, are legally obligated to pay both men and women the same. It could be against federal law to do so otherwise.
(Ed. Note: We have updated this argument to better clarify the legal argument against governing bodies versus professional sports leagues.)
Here is Dayna Evans of The Cut with more:
Between them, the U.S. women’s hockey and soccer teams have five Olympic gold medals, ten world-championship titles, and both have gone home with gold, silver, and bronze medals in 34 of the 35 major tournaments they’ve played in. Their male counterparts have a combined two Olympic golds and 14 world-championship medals. Like Donovan pointed out, sports are a business. And athletes like Carli Lloyd, Serena Williams, Cammi Granato, Monica Abbott, and the entire roster of the UConn’s women’s basketball team deserve a wider stage and greater compensation to prove that winning is also good for business. When male athletes, who are outpaced by their female counterparts, choose to ignore this fact, and detract from women’s successes, they become as responsible for unequal pay as governing bodies like USA Hockey or U.S. Soccer.
Sports is a business. If you aren't bringing in as much revenue as someone else, you don't deserve to be compensated the same. No one is denying that women work just as hard as men. The truth is, women don't make the same money as men because they don't bring in the same revenue. Until the make the same money as their male counterparts, they don't deserve the same compensation.
Here is Shane Ferro from Business Insider with more:
There's one big difference — revenue. Female soccer players are paid less because their sport makes less. According to the Wall Street Journal, there was $17 million in sponsor revenue for this year's women's World Cup compared to $529 million for the 2014 men's tournament. America's winning women earned a larger share, about 11%, of the money their tournament made this year from sponsors than the victorious German team, who got just 6.6% of the sponsor revenue from last year's men's World Cup as their prize.