Editorial Boards Focus On USWNT's Win, Fight For Equal Pay
The USWNT's World Cup victory and the players' ongoing lawsuit with the U.S. Soccer Federation has been dominating media coverage over the past few days. Since Sunday's win, editorial boards across the country have been giving their thoughts on what the USWNT's accomplishment means for their future, with the Seattle Times stating the USWNT "deserves more than congratulations and hearty handshakes: They deserve equal pay for equal work." The USSF "must pay them what they are worth." The Delaware County Daily Times: "They are in fact are latest national heroes. Now they should be paid like it." The San Jose Mercury News: "The U.S. Soccer Federation should have addressed the issue years ago. ... The inequities at the national and international governing bodies are blatantly obvious. Parity is long overdue." The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier: "U.S. women’s soccer has made its case for U.S. Soccer to serve it a full course." The Syracuse Post-Standard: "Game over, U.S. Soccer. The women have already won. Now pay them what they’re worth." The Akron Beacon Journal went with the header: "Another World Cup Championship, Another Argument For Equality."
TIME TO PAY UP: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat stated, "Men and women ought to be paid equally for doing the same work. In the case of the U.S. Women’s National Team, which has outperformed the men’s team, they deserve to be paid more." The Bangor Daily News: "Our women are outperforming -- and now, at least by some measures -- outraising their male counterparts. Their pay should reflect that reality." The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: "They deserve a fair wage. In this case, 'fair' would be defined as at least as much as the U.S. men’s team members are getting. ... We hope that something more tangible than cheers will be present in their future paychecks." The Springfield Republican: "They are asking for equal conditions. Considering the attention they bring, the sacrifices they make to excel in a fiercely competitive global sport and the pride they bring to the nation when they deliver results, it does not sound like too much to ask." The Tulsa World: "It seems to us that the women’s team is getting less pay for more results, the difference being they are women. That’s not the way it should work." The Park City Park Record: "Hopefully the U.S. women’s soccer team and its courageous call for fair treatment will help take a sledgehammer to that glass ceiling."
A WIN FOR ALL: The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot stated, "The USWNT players said they were the best in the world and then spent four weeks proving it. Here’s to them, for a victory that should inspire us all." The Albuquerque Journal: "Congratulations on your victory, and thank you for elevating the status of women’s sports." The Baltimore Sun: "We hope they celebrate as loudly, joyously and confidently as they want to. After the way they just played, we wouldn’t expect anything less."