Think Progress reports;
The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has spent the year since their record-setting World Cup victory celebrating in a unique way: fighting for U.S. Soccer to provide them with the same financial compensation, playing conditions, and travel arrangements as their male counterparts on the men’s side.
This weekend, at a match against South Africa in played on Soldier Field in Chicago, they kicked that fight for equality up a notch — with #EqualPlayEqualPay T-shirts, temporary tattoos, and social media posts.
A few points here via Allysia Finley:
Women on the U.S. national soccer teams [are]...paid differently [than men] because the collective-bargaining agreements they have negotiated emphasize income- and job-security.But it is mostly about marginal revenue product. The greater revenue you generate for a firm (team) the more you get paid.
Men’s soccer is much more popular than women’s soccer world-wide. Historically, men’s soccer has also been a bigger draw in the U.S. Between 2011 and 2015, men played in 53 home games with attendance averaging 35,536. During that period, women played 50 games in the U.S., drawing an average attendance of 16,559. In 2014, when the men’s team was in the World Cup competition, their revenues were roughly four times that of the women’s team.And thus:
The U.S. women’s team received $2 million from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for winning the World Cup last year, while the men’s team landed $9 million merely for advancing to the round of 16.If women start to generate more revenue for their respective soccer teams their pay will go up. It could even surpass that of men.
Last year, when the women’s team was competing for the World Cup, their revenues ($23.5 million) beat the men’s team’s ($21 million) for the first time. If that trend continues, their pay will go up regardless of what T-shirts they wear.