The glass ceiling above the field

The pay gap issue in America wages way beyond Hollywood, and women of all professions are beginning to take a stand against unfair treatment. In 2016, the USA Women’s Soccer Team took their grievances to the public.

The USA Men’s Soccer Team receives exponentially higher salaries than the women's team. According to the Bloomberg Magazine, the women’s team sent a formal complaint to the EEOC, claiming the women could only earn a maximum of $99,000 for 20 games compared to $263,320 for the men.

Five star players Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo took their concerns the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Following their complaint, the team did receive a pay raise but nowhere near the appropriate amount for their success. The USA Men’s Soccer Team receives exponentially higher salaries than the women's team. The women's’ team sent a formal complaint to the EEOC, claiming the women could only earn a maximum of $99,000 for 20 games compared to $263,320 for the men.

However, we don’t have to go to the national, or even state-level to observe women’s sports teams not receiving the proper respect that they deserve. If anyone attends athletic events at our high school, they will see a clear difference.

In the fall, the Lady Pioneers showcase their talents in field hockey, soccer, golf, tennis and volleyball, yet football Friday nights remain the main attraction. Sure, football is an American tradition that brings families together, but we should at least hold our own student body to a higher standard.

With the arrival of Athletic Director Buck Weaver last year, we witnessed the Orange Athletic Department coming together as a whole with his new support system policy. He encourages teams to attend another sporting event as a program during their off-season.

By attending both male and female sporting events, the high school will come together as an athletic community. Not only will athletes be committed to their team, but they will also be motivated to grind for their fellow athletes as well.

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