The Continuous Fight for Equal Pay

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Players File Wage Discrimination Lawsuit

In this Buzzfeed article, reporter Tamerra Griffin covers a lawsuit five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team filed against The U.S. Soccer Federation for wage discrimination this past March. The five players, Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, and Megan Rapinoe point out that female teams get paid significantly less than the male teams. For example, both the female and male teams play 20 friendlies a year. If a women’s team wins, they recieve a $1,350 bonus but nothing if they tie or loose. On the other hand, for the men’s team, they each earn a minimum of a $5,000 bonus regardless of the outcome of the game. This evidence clearly show that regardless of the women’s team’s accomplishments, they still receive an unfair pay compared to the men’s national teams.

 

 

 

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Getty Images Launches Initiative To Change Visual Representation Of Female Athletes In Media

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Getty Images Launches Initiative To Change Visual Representation Of Female Athletes In Media

After the Rio Olympics, countless articles and op-ed pieces criticized the media on their sexist coverage of the female athletes who participated in the games. Brands such as Always, have started campaigns and movements to bring awareness to the issue and demand a “cultural shift.” Getty Images and the Women’s Sport Trust launched a campaign to showcase images of famous and accomplished female athletes. The purpose of this campaign is to make these images free for schools and non-profit organizations to “promote a redefined visual representation of sportswomen in the commercial sphere and serve as a resource for marketers, advertisers and media for use in their campaigns and communications.”

Strength is Beauty

In this video for Cosmopolitan Magazine, famous female athletes Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross, Christmas Abbott, Jessica Eye, and Massy Arias discuss their experiences being a female in the sport world. All of them have experienced body shaming during their careers, but they offer insight on how they overcame this hate and turned their strength into beauty.

“Can you give us a twirl?”

In this video, news interviewers ask questions to male athletes that are questions commonly presented to female athletes. Evident by their facial expressions and reactions, they’re offended and in shock by these ignorant and irrelevant questions. But when the video shows one clip of a female athlete being asked to “give us a twirl,” she barley reacts as though she is use to a request like this. This video draws attention to the sexism in athletics and how nonsensical commentary is excused for women but not men. 

Female Olympic Athletes Still Not Taken Seriously

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In this U.S. News opinion, Susan Milligan discusses the ongoing battle female athletes face to prove themselves in sports. Milligan points out the countless restrictions placed on female athletes such as their dress code and claims that the purpose of these “dress codes” is to attract more male viewers. The reason people watch a sport should be to support the strength and talent of athletes: not to admire and analyze their bodies.