Hurray! Just a couple weeks after the US women’s hockey team threatened to boycott their involvement in the World Championships this Friday, the team has finally gotten what is rightfully theirs: Equal pay and benefits.
“USA Hockey pays us, as the women’s players, only during a six-month period of time out of the four-year Olympic cycle. During that six months, USA Hockey pays the players $1,000 a month for a six-month period. The remaining three and a half years, USA Hockey pays the players virtually nothing.”
The captain also expressed her gratitude for all support received on Twitter:
— Meghan Duggan (@mduggan10) March 29, 2017
The team’s risky play finally paid off (the word play there was definitely intended). According to The Guardian’s reports that the team will be making a huge leap in terms of salary, going from a mere $6,000 annually to an average of $70,000.
“Today’s a huge day not just for women’s hockey, but a historic day for women’s sports. We’re all extremely proud to be a part of it. Hopefully, other sports can kind of follow suit.”
Women’s hockey benefits include those found in the contracts of the men’s team, as well as additional maternity leave and childcare.
Support has flooded social media outlets, with the hashtag #beboldforchange demonstrating what a difference hard work and perseverance can make.
ESPN’s piece, “What U.S. women’s team accomplished is nothing short of heroic,” praises the US women’s team for being an empowering, inspirational message to women everywhere.
These women have changed the landscape of what women’s hockey is in the United States. It is monumental, not only for the future of the women’s national team, but also for all girls in hockey in the United States.
It might also be a catalyst for other countries’ women’s teams to fight for the same issues within their governing bodies. This might spark change within the International Ice Hockey Federation to bring its gender equality policies up to date. Their message #BeBoldForChange says it all. They are making us all feel empowered.
“We were completely unified,” Duggan, tells The Chicago Tribune, “Never a doubt, never a slip, never an ‘I don’t know.’ This was all-in, unanimous. We knew we were doing the right thing the entire time.”
Great article by Cammi Granato on the courage and unity of the U.S. Women's Hockey Team. https://t.co/I5Pr76FWCm
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 29, 2017