U.S. Women’s Soccer Isn’t Afraid to Boycott the Olympics Over Equal Pay
Even the most successful women in the world — and the ones that could kick their sexist bosses’ asses — aren’t immune to wage discrimination. The U.S. women’s soccer team is still fighting for wage equality, which means they may decide to boycott this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Five of the team’s top players submitted a wage discimination case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month, stating that they make less than their male counterparts on “everything from bonuses, to apperance fees to per diems.” Co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn tells ESPNW (via ELLE) that a boycott “would still be on the table” if the situation isn’t resolved by this summer.
“We are reserving every right to do so and we’re leaving every avenue open,” she says. “If nothing has changed and we don’t feel any progress had been made, then it’s a conversation that we’re gonna have.”
Goalie Hope Solo has stated their position as plainly as it gets. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup Championships, four Olympic Championships, and the [men] get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.” For their sake and the sake of everyone who just wants to watch these athletes win, let’s hope U.S. Soccer rectifies this immediately.