Pay Equity for USA Women's Hockey National Team Players
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The US Women's Hockey National Team is currently ranked as the world's most elite group of female athletes in the sport of Ice Hockey (sorry Canada, you'll have to make do with 2nd place!).
USA Hockey collects over $42 million per year in fees and other income. Yet, Women's National Team players receive only a $6,000 "training stipend" every four years, while senior officials of USA Hockey siphon off several million dollars per year from male and female youth hockey players across the country to enrich their own personal bank accounts. Meanwhile, our Olympic Medalists are forced to pay for their own equipment while working multiple jobs to pay for their shelter, food and other living expenses. In contrast, their counterparts on the US Men's Hockey National Team are able to fully dedicate themselves to representing their sport and their country, often while receiving lucrative contracts with professional men's hockey clubs. Even teenage male national team hockey prospects are funded at a level nearly four times higher than the Women's National Team.
Strong female role models teach our boys and girls that every person should be judged by their character, hard work, talent and overall excellence, not their gender. This funding inequity sends exactly the wrong message - fathers, brothers and sons must demonstrate pride in their female counterparts by action, not just words, and treat them with the respect and admiration they deserve. Strong women make our country better, no less so than strong men.
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