Will women ever be paid the same as men in professional sports? | The Tylt
Will women ever be paid the same as men in professional sports?
The era of misogyny and sexism should be over. Women have been under-appreciated and undervalued even though they are 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 that 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.
While progress has been slow, there is progress nonetheless. WNBA players just secured a more beneficial collective bargaining agreement with a higher average salary and fully paid maternity leave. With athletes like Serena Williams and Hope Solo, along with entire teams like USA Hockey Women's Team and the United States Women's National Team, are fighting for equality, it's only a matter of time before women get paid what they are owed.
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.
As much progress as people like to think we've made as a society, many still think women should not be on equal footing. Here is Shane Ferro from Business Insider demonstrating that thought:
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.
It doesn't appear that this line of business thought will ever end. Women will be fighting this uphill battle for a long time