Spotlight: U.S. Women’s Hockey Team

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This week we commemorated Equal Pay Day and took a moment to reflect on the fact that on average, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. I shared some of my ideas on how each of us can do our part to help close the gender pay gap, and today I’m sharing a success story from the U.S. women’s national hockey team.

Last week, the team concluded negotiations with USA Hockey, its governing body, and successfully scored themselves a significant pay increase that includes training stipends, performance bonuses, prize money and increased base pay.  Not only will the ladies receive more cash in their pockets, but USA Hockey has also agreed to provide them with more programming, marketing, and fundraising. This was a HUGE win for this team, for women in sports, and women everywhere.

Their success story is also a great example of how men’s engagement in these issues can help to advance progress.  The U.S. men’s hockey team stood in solidarity with their female colleagues and promised to sit out the championship game if the women were not given their fair pay. The women also received support from other professional sport associations and U.S. senators.  These individuals all spoke out because at the end of the day, what’s good for women is good for EVERYONE.

I am so proud of these women for standing up for their rights, for never giving up, and for reminding everyone that we all have a stake in equal pay. For that, they get this week’s Friday Spotlight.

Don’t forget to leave your suggestions for Friday Spotlight candidates. Until then, have a great weekend!


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