Wage Gap and Sports Teams

After our conversation in class today about labor and the still existing wage gap, I came across this article: “U.S. Women’s Soccer Player File Wage Discrimination Lawsuit.” Although the women’s national soccer team is a major reason U.S. Soccer is expected to have a profit of $17.7 million, the federation is arguing it does not have enough money to pay the women the same as the men’s team. The women’s team, who won the 2015 Fifa World Cup, has seen more success than the men’s team and are still denied equal pay. Women have always been viewed in our society as assuming the gender roles of the household, but how can the federation deny their female players equal pay when they train just as hard and play the same number of games as the U.S. Men’s Soccer team. This form of discrimination is ridiculous and is not going to be taken by internationally ranked athletes. These women have already championed the rights of LGBTQ members in the sports world and now are taking on the wage gap. This lawsuit filed by the players against U.S. Soccer could be a major turning point, or at least influencing the beginning of change, of ending the wage gap in the United States.