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“It’s hard to believe that, in 2017, we still have to fight so hard for basic equitable support,“ said assistant captain Monique Lamoureux-Morando. "But when I think about the women who paved the way for our team – and when I see girls at rinks around the country who are dedicated to pursuing big dreams and look to us to lead by example – it’s well overdue for us to speak up about unfair treatment, even if it means sacrificing an opportunity to represent our country. We owe the next generation more than that. We owe it to ourselves to stand up for what is right.” - U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Will Not Play in World Championships, ESPNW

The best thing about WNT boycotting

They aren’t just doing it for them.

Like, yes, they will be super stoked to finally get paid to do what they love, and that’s awesome. But they aren’t only asking for compensation for themselves.

They’re asking for youth and development team funding, they’re asking for advertising, they’re asking to grow the game.

They posted about it on social media so they can get attention, and what a lot of people in America love right now is women protesting for equality. But also, all this attention to Women’s Hockey, will probably work to increase revenue to Women’s Hockey. Campaigning for youth and development teams, campaigning for advertisement, will probably work to increase revenue to Women’s Hockey.

Listen, I don’t know what the real endgame is here besides getting pay for WNT, but I’m here for it.

USA Hockey is do or die

Nana Fujimoto is the star goaltender for the Japanese national women’s hockey team. At the 2015 IIHF World Championships, she was named best goaltender in the tournament. Fujimoto played for the NWHL’s New York Riveters during the 2016 season, and she was a starting goaltender at the 2016 All Star Game. She did not return to the NWHL this season to focus on national team obligations, and she has successfully led Team Japan to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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If you don’t want to read all of Hockey USA’s statement, these are the three most explosive parts which really show that USA Hockey is not sympathetic to the players situation: 

“USA Hockey trains and selects teams for international competition. USA Hockey’s role is not to employ athletes and we will not do so.”

“The support USA Hockey is implementing […] could result in each player receiving $85,000 in cash over the Olympic training and performance period.” (which is a very misleading statement that’s addressed in Monique Lamoureux’s response to the statement)

“USA Hockey…will field a competitive team for the upcoming 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship.”

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The gender wage gap is keeping the US women’s hockey team from the world championships

  • The U.S. women’s hockey team has an impressive streak of IIHF World Championship wins, having won gold in six of the last eight world tournaments.
  • But the reigning team has announced it will sit out of the 2017 games in protest of unequal wages that players said pale in comparison to the men’s team’s earnings. According to ESPN, the team’s lawyers have long been in talks with USA Hockey about fair compensation, but players have yet to see any “meaningful progress." 

  • Until they do, they won’t be anywhere near the world championship rink — and with the games set to begin March 31, time is running out. Read more. (3/15/2017 1:22 PM)