What an interesting week for women’s sports! Tuesday night, people witnessed arguably the greatest championship team in college history with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team clinching a 4th straight national title. Beginning of the week, the United States Women National Team for soccer filed a federal discrimination complaint against US soccer for equal pay. What does all of this means?
For UConn women, despite comments about being too dominant in their sport, they are the best of the best. This type of dominance does not happen overnight. Winning four consecutive national championships is not an easy feat. It takes chemistry, incredible coaching, humbleness, and talent, all that which UConn have.
For USWNT, they simply want to be paid. Cari Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe all represented they national team when filing for the wage discrimination claim. Not going into too much detail of the numbers, since there is a lot of them, women get paid less than the men when competing on the national level.
Since the explosion of popularity of women soccer has increased in the United States, the women feels it is right to publicly show that they do not get the same financial respect. The women since last year World Cup win generated millions during their victory tour, but do not get profits back, while even when the men lose in friendlies they are still paid.
These case studies for women’s sports mean that women are on the rise in sports. All they want is respect for their craft and equality when it comes to their sports. These two teams are dominant and they should get their recognition in both of their situations.