[By Bethany Heinrich]
By now, it’s no secret that the women’s USA soccer team is brilliant. Winner of the Women’s World Cup in their victory over Japan last night, these fab women have just proven how valuable they are in regard to professional sports.
Unfortunately, however, their value is not being reflected in what they are paid in comparison to men. Surprised? I’m not, in all honesty, but my hope is that their win last night will further make the case for a raise for all women who play at the top level.
In a recent Politico article, Mary Pilon outed that players in the National Women’s Soccer League usually make between $6,000 to $30,000 where teams very often have a salary cap of $200,000.
The Men’s League Soccer league salary cap on the other hand comes in at $3.1 million. A disturbing statistic to top it off, the total payout for the women’s World Cup will be only $15 million compared to the men’s payout of $576 million.
A little uneven?
Sadly, pro soccer isn’t the only sport where women’s salaries are falling short. In 2013, the WNBA salary minimum was under $38,000 with a team’s salary cap at $913,000, whereas the NBA’s minimum salary came in at $490,180 and a team salary cap of $58.7 million. When it comes to tennis, the prize for the LPGA is at $50 million next to the PGA tournament prize money of $250 million.
The below image couldn’t be more obvious in pointing out the rapid pay gap about the worth of a US soccer star.
Sydney Leroux, a 25-year-old USWNT starter this World Cup, earns between $60,000 and $92,500 a year (this includes endorsements). Her husband, a not internationally competitive soccer player, Dom Dwyer, earned $92,500 last year. Now, 25-year-old U.S. Men’s National Team star, Jozy Altidore, will make $6 million this year in MLS (not including endorsement deals).
What will it take for women to be paid a respectable amount? Do these associations seriously believe that the world is not taking notice at the pathetic difference in compensation that is a clear slap in the face to female athletes and all females, in general?
Something’s got to change, that’s for sure.