U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Will Sit Out World Championships in Pay Protest
The U.S. women’s hockey team are the reigning tournament champions, but none of that will matter this year if no one shows up to play.
The women plan on sitting out the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, which is being held in Michigan later this month, in protest of how much they are being paid compared to the men.
“They say they’ve been trying to get fair wages for more than a year. They also want the same treatment as the men’s team when it comes to equipment, staff, per diems, publicity and travel.
“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,” captain Meghan Duggan said in a statement. “We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect.”
USA Hockey issued a statement Wednesday saying that it would be providing “stipends and incentives for medals that could result in each player receiving nearly $85,000 in cash.”
The women’s team responded by saying the claim was misleading and that “no such offer was ever extended.”
The team says USA Hockey pays the women $1,000 a month during 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 the women have one or two other jobs, and many depend on their families for financial support, the team says.”
Training camp starts March 21st, while the tournament begin March 31.