Here’s Why The U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Will Not Participate In The World Championship
- IWB Post
- March 18, 2017
The U.S. women’s national soccer team takes equality very seriously. Over the issue of fair wages, the team has decided to back out from the world championship.
On Wednesday, the team announced that it will not play in this month’s International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship tournament because of the inadequate efforts to secure fair wages and benefits from USA Hockey, the sport’s American governing body. The team is questioning the contract it signed with the USA Hockey that guarantees better compensation.
Captain Meghan Duggan said, “We are asking for a living wage and for USA Hockey to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought. We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect.
She told The HuffPost, “It’s unfortunate we had to get to this point. But we stand united ― our entire player pool, our entire national team.”
The majority of the players’ current pay, they said, comes from the U.S. Olympic Committee, with USA Hockey providing a small, $1,000-per-month stipend over a six-month Olympic training period. However, the players haven’t been compensated for quite some time now.
According to the players, they receive less support than what the men’s team gets. They also mentioned how the USA Hockey that spends $3.5 million annually on its national team program for boys spends almost nothing to support the girls’ team.
“We’re asking for their similar support. We want to play. We want this to get resolved. We want to come to an agreement that USA Hockey and ourselves can both be on board with.”
On the other hand, Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey said, “We acknowledge the players’ concerns and have proactively increased our level of direct support to the Women’s National Team as we prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. We have communicated that increased level of assistance to the players’ representatives and look forward to continuing our discussions.”
Sigh, gender inequality is an issue almost everywhere. We hope things get resolved soon.