Despite the strides female athletes have made in battling sexism on and off the field, discrimination is alive and well. If you need any proof, just take a look at the differences in the paychecks of male athletes versus the female players.
Five players on the U.S. women's soccer team have filed a federal complaint accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. According to them, they earn as little as 40 percent of what the male players are paid.
As if that weren't outrageous enough, they also reported that they're paid significantly less than male players when it comes to everything from bonuses to appearance fees to per diems, The New York Times reports.
"The numbers speak for themselves," Hope Solo told the NYT. Solo is one of the five women to sign the complaint; she is joined by Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoeone. "We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships."
Solo went on to say that the male players "get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships." U.S. Soccer attributes the wage disparity to the comparatively higher revenue male teams attract, but Solo and other players insist that, due to their World Cup wins, they've repeatedly exceeded expectations.
If that doesn't make you angry, you need to get your eyes - and your moral compass - checked. These are respected, highly ranked athletes - for any of these players to be making only 40% of what their male counterparts make is unbelievable.