Women Still Discriminated in Athletics through Unequal Pay

United States women’s national team.

Maggie LoSchiavo ’19
EE Contributor

The interest in women’s athletics has been on the rise for years. However, despite this expansion, there is a large wage gap in men and women’s sports. This wage gap contradicts the message about equality that the media has been portraying while trying to empower young female athletes, as it make them feel less valued than men.

According to Adelphi University’s Master of Science in Sport Management program, “The top female soccer players earn $177,831 less, or only 14.4% of what the men earn. This comes despite America’s women outshining the men on the field.”

These statistics convey that women are not viewed as equal in sports, despite their effort and competitiveness. The women’s soccer team is actually the most successful team in the world, compared to the men who are only ranked 25th. Recently, the women’s team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about this issue.

The women are not only more successful than the men, but they also get more views on games and have more social media followers. This means that their lesser pay is not related to lesser revenue from games or endorsements, but only their gender.

This pay inequality is not just soccer, but in most women’s sports,. These includinge sports such as basketball, golf, and tennis.

At the Oscars this year, Nike released an empowering video for female called “Dream Crazier.” It features many prominent athletes and teams, including the United States women’s soccer team. The ad mentions negative stereotypes about women and then contradicts them with many strong and successful female athletes.

Nike’s message at the end of the video was, “It’s only crazy until you do it. Just do it.”

This video, like many others, is trying to empower women. However, the pay inequality in sports is discouraging to many female athletes who work hard.

According to Middle School cross country coach, and Trumbull High Track Coach Carrie Hall, the gender pay discrepancy, “sends a negative message to those players, and all females, whether theyre are athletes or not. No matter how hard they work, they feel that they are not as good or entertaining.”

As organizations like Nike try to empower women, the wage gap will continue to dishearten them. This inequality makes the dedication and  hard work put in by female athletes, seem inadequate compared to a man’s dedication to a sport.

Trumbull High Softball Player Alexa Adinolfi, believes that athletics “take a lot of heart and commitment because you have to continue to love the sport at the same while you are working so hard to be good at it.”

While the wage gap continues in sports, females will feel that their effort is of less valued less compared to men.

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