Fan starts USWNT 'tip jar' on GoFundMe to support pay equity
A U.S. women's national team fan started a GoFundMe page on Friday to raise money for the team's players in support of pay equity.
“Consider it a tip jar,” wrote Alex Little, who launched the fundraiser. Little pointed to the fact that the USWNT earned $6 million less than the U.S. men's national team received last year after losing in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup.
The 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany brought in $5.8 million in advertising revenue, compared to the $1.4 billion the men's World Cup in 2014 brought in, according to The New York Times.
According to the Times, the National Women's Soccer League, which almost all of the USWNT players play in, pays players as little as $6,000 per 20-week season.
The broadcast of the Women's World Cup final averaged 25.4 million viewers in the United States, shattering the record for most-viewed soccer game ever in the country.
USWNT goalie Hope Solo endorsed equal pay for female athletes on Tuesday, tweeting a photo of a fan holding a sign that read “Equal Pay for [Female] Athletes” and adding “Could not agree more!”
On Friday, the USWNT was honored in New York City with a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes. According to Dave Zirin of The Nation, midfielders Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday praised a man along the parade route for his sign “Equal Pay for Equal Work” and “Support Women's Soccer.”
The GoFundMe page for the USWNT can be found here.