“In a joint statement, the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association and U.S. Soccer Federation said they have “ratified a new collective bargaining agreement which will continue to build the women’s program in the U.S., grow the game of soccer worldwide and improve the professional lives of players on and off the field. We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward.”
In recent years, the players have raised issues about compensation and working conditions compared to their male counterparts, casting a shadow over the efforts of the most successful women’s team in soccer history and pitting the federation against wildly popular athletes, such as Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.
In March 2016, the players filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging the USSF with wage discrimination. The case remains active.
Financial specifics were not immediately available, but people with knowledge of the pact said it includes:
Increase in direct compensation
Increase in bonus compensation
Enhanced benefits related to travel and hotels
Per diem equal to the U.S. men’s team
Greater financial support for players who are pregnant
Financial support for players adopting a child
Also, in a key gain, the players’ association will now control group likeness rights for licensing and nonexclusive rights in sponsorship categories where USSF does not have an agreement.”
I live in the same town my grandparents grew up in (oddly enough since I grew up 100 miles from here).
I was thrift shopping today and I found my Grandpa’s senior high school yearbook from 1939.
There’s a half page dedication written by the yearbook staff. The last paragraph surprised me and took my breath away. It’s patriotic and strong and so applicable to today. I found it moving that a group of 17 & 18 year old seniors could write something that resonates 78 years later.
do you ever come across places that would be unsafe for a gay couple? always wanted to travel to utah but i've heard things. love your blog!!
First of all, I am sincerely sorry we live in a world where you have to consider safety as a gay couple when traveling to certain locations. As a straight married man who grew up on a wheat farm near a small town of 400 people, I wish you both the safest of travels and send love your way. Second, I think you’d be just fine here in Utah during your visit. Contrary to what many outside Utah may think, Salt Lake City proper is very supportive of the LGBTQ community. As for the beautiful landscape Utah has to offer, luckily, nature itself is the most accepting of us all. I think this is why we all feel drawn to it - why we all escape the pressures and anxieties of daily life to go watch a sunset/rise and afterwards feel recharged - why when we see photos of beautiful places we feel a physical manifestation of pain in our chest and a desire to fill that void by seeing it for ourselves in person - it is as universal as the love in each of us.