The difference between the careers of male professional hockey players and female professional hockey players is astounding. Female players are paid substantially less than men and often have to take on second and third jobs on top of their hockey careers.
The U.S. women’s hockey team has decided to sit out the 2017 IIHF World Championship this year as a boycott over unfair wages. The players are seeking better contracts with USA Hockey because according to USA Today, “Players have contracts with USA Hockey individually and receive $1,000 per month for six months prior to the Winter Olympics and receive no other compensation from USA Hockey…The U.S. Olympic Committee pays members of the U.S. women’s national hockey team a stipend to represent the country at the World Championship and a bonus based on Olympic success.”
The team will be fined $30,000 for boycotting, but the players believe it’s a worthy cause in order to be treated as equals in the long run.
This boycott will have a strong impact because, along with Canada, the USA hockey team is the most popular among fans in the World Championship, and their absence will definitely be felt. I commend these women for this decision, and I hope to see more support from USA Hockey in the future.