How female athletes are pushing for a level playing field

September 6, 2021

Both the US women’s national teams in hockey and soccer have fought for increases in wages and equitable treatment, arguing that the value they bring to global events like the Olympics and world championships isn’t being fairly compensated. In 2017, members of the women’s hockey team reached a landmark four-year deal with USA Hockey after threatening a boycott.

Overall, the average salaries of professional female athletes are making small-scale gains over time. But the pay gap is still wide. Millions of dollars separate the women and men when it comes to average annual salaries in professional hockey and basketball. CNN