On March 17, I wrote about how the U.S. women’s hockey team had decided to sit out the 2017 IIHF World Championship as a boycott over unfair wages. About a week later, they came to an agreement with USA Hockey, securing better wages and more benefits (business class airfare, disability insurance and more marketing and promotions for the team). Their annual salaries are now about $70,000, compared to the $6,000 they made in the past.
This was a huge victory for the team, and they went on to play in the IIFH World Championship, beating Canada in overtime for the gold (thanks, in part, to a game-winning assist by Northeastern alumna Kendall Coyne). The team received waves of praise and attention, which is great for the sport of women’s hockey. The women were brave in standing up to USA Hockey, and their efforts were rewarded in a myriad of ways.