The US women’s hockey team just fought against their employers on equal pay and won in a big way.
It’s a well documented fact that female athletes are still paid less than their males counterparts. From sponsorship, to prize money and yearly wage, it’s rare to find a sport that pays its male and female athletes equally.
Last week, the US hockey team decided to push back on the sport’s unfair wage gap and announced that they planned to boycott this year’s world championships until they were paid a “living wage” by USA Hockey, the sport’s governing body in the United States.
In a historic moment, the team have now signed a deal increasing the player’s compensation from a measly $6,000 per player annually to $70,000, with the chance to reach six figures through performance based bonuses.