The wage gap in professional sports disheartening to female athletes
According to time magazine, U.S female soccer players earn about 40% of the salary of U.S male soccer players. During the 2014 World Cup, the U.S men’s soccer team was 11th place over all and earned nine million dollars while the U.S women’s team won the World Cup and only earned two million dollars.
The winning U.S national women’s team made seven million dollars less than the losing U.S national men’s team in world cup 2014.
FIFA’s Secretary General said, “That’s not even a question I will answer because it’s nonsense.” Regarding equal pay in question in 2014, he added, “We are still another 23 World Cups away before potentially women should receive the same amount as men.”
Soccer isn’t that only sport where a huge wage gap exists. It also exists in basketball. Diana Taurasi was named the All-Women’s National Basketball Association First Team in 2014 and helped the Phoenix Mercury win the league championship.
That season, she made the WNBA maximum salary amount of $107,500. In 2013-14, the Phoenix Suns employed Dionte Christmas for 198 minutes. For those minutes, the only minutes Christmas has ever played in the NBA, he made the NBA minimum of around $400,000. Though the WNBA doesn’t bring in as much revenue as the NBA, nor do they have as many viewers.
But not all sports have that wage gap. Tennis has equal pay for both men and women. In fact, according to Forbes magazine, Serena Williams has a higher salary of 11.3 million dollars than Roger Federer, with a salary of only 9 million.
Emma Robson, a junior at Amherst Regional High School, has been playing playing soccer ever since she was little. And, on some occasions she also plays squash. Sports have been a big part of Robson’s life and shaped her into the person that she is today. Robson believes that payment of athletes should be solely based on success and revenue.
“If a team has more wins and brings in more revenue they should be paid more regardless of gender,” said Robson.
Sports was the means by which Robson was able to improve not only her physical abilities but they made her emotionally tough and a great leader. “Sports are what made me who I am today,” she said. She wished that in the future the women soccer players should be paid as much if not more than the men if they continue to outshine and perform their male counterparts.
Another Amherst Regional athlete, Meghan Sharick, shared her opinion on the matter. Sharick has been playing sports for as long as she can remember. She runs cross country and plays lacrosse and basketball as well.
“Not only have they helped to give me a healthy lifestyle but also have taught me to be confident in myself and feel good about myself,” said Sharick. Not only did sports keep her physically healthy, but they also taught her very important lessons that she has used in her everyday life.
“I’ve learned to be a leader on and off the field as well as gained a sense of self and power as a woman,” said Sharick. “I think that the movement that the U.S women’s soccer team [started] has strengthened [the idea of] equal pay for women athletes. It is really important.”