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.
In this article published by The New York Times, Melinda Gates brings to attention the income equalities between men and women in the United States and other countries. Similar to the “Committee on the Status of Women in India,” Mrs. Gates points out that economic change needs to begin at the root of culture. This document addressing India states that ” [the] distinction between man’s work and woman’s work in respect of household jobs will have to be removed” as well as acknowledge that “management of a family should be admitted as economically… contributing to national savings and development.” The interview with Mrs. Gates and the manifesto in India show that economic inequality has been a constant problem even since 1974 (when the document was published) to today in 2016.
“We need to call work what it is — work — whether you do it at home or whether you do it out in the labor force, and then give men and women options to choose what they want to do.” – Melinda Gates