The US Women's Hockey Team Is Boycotting the World Hockey Games Unless They Receive Equal Pay and Treatment
Following in the footsteps of the U.S. Women's Soccer team, the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team has vowed to boycott training and playing for the world hockey games at the end of March "unless it makes progress in negotiations" for equal pay, CNN Money reports.
After not being invited to the unveiling of the hockey jerseys in 2014, several other instances in which they were ignored, and the continued unfair pay these women face, they have had enough.
According to the report, USA Hockey only paid the female team players "$1,000 a month for the six months before the Winter Olympics and virtually nothing for the next three and a half years. The women do get some money from the U.S. Olympic Committee during that period. But about half of the women have one or two other jobs, and many depend on their families for financial support."
"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," Meghan Duggan, captain of the U.S. women's hockey team stated.
Watch MAKER and former Team USA soccer player Abby Wambach talk about equal pay in sports in the video player above.
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