Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has come up with a way for the U.S. Women’s National Team to be paid the same as the men’s team — and it’s completely ridiculous.
Players from the women’s team have been engaged in an anti-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation over their pay situation despite coming to terms on a collective bargaining agreement two years prior.
However, Rapinoe has another idea to make the money flow in for the U.S. women.
“I think that it is a complicated issue, and I think sometimes we get in the weeds about it, can’t see the forest for the trees, when, you know, big sponsors can just write the check,” she said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
On Sunday, Procter & Gamble, via its Secret women’s deodorant brand, announced it would give $529,000 for bonuses to the women’s team. This translates to an extra $23,000 per player.
We’re taking action to help close the @USWNT gender pay gap by giving $529K ($23k x 23 players) to the @USWNTPlayers. #WeSeeEqual #EqualPay #PayThem #USWNT #USWNTPA #DontSweatFairPay #ASNS pic.twitter.com/g9Mf5zOtgb
— Secret Deodorant (@SecretDeodorant) July 14, 2019
Rapinoe wants more corporations to chip in money for her and her teammates.
“These are some of the most powerful corporations, not just in sports but in the world and have so much weight that they can throw around,” she said on “Meet the Press.” “And I think that they just need to get comfortable throwing it around.”
Of any cause a corporation could financially support, this is among the worst.
There are truly needy people out there — and members of the U.S. women’s soccer team are not among them. Market Watch reports that the players will earn around $250,000 this year without corporations giving them bonuses.
An estimated 40,000 U.S. military veterans are homeless. Thousands of children have cancer and other horrible diseases that require costly treatment. And Rapinoe thinks this is where corporations should do their charity work?
With endorsement deals, some of the top U.S. women — including Rapinoe — could earn upward of $400,000 per year, per Market Watch.
It’s hard to feel sorry for Rapinoe or support corporate charity for her when she is clearly doing very well financially.
As Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire points out, she and her teammates actually receive a higher percentage of the revenue generated by their World Cup than the men do.
The female players get 13 percent of the revenue the women’s World Cup generates. Men’s players get 9 percent of the revenue their World Cup generates. The reason the men make more is that they generate well over four times as much. If anything, the women are overpaid. https://t.co/SxD234LssB
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 7, 2019
If corporations want to make a positive difference in the world, they should donate their money to help those who are truly in need. Making Megan Rapinoe even more prosperous than she already is doesn’t help the world in any significant manner.
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