Target: Mr. Sepp Blatter, Incumbent FIFA President
Goal: Pay female soccer players the same amount as male players.
After the United States women’s soccer team won the Women’s World Cup, they were paid $2 million by the competition’s governing body, FIFA. While $2 million is nothing to scoff at, it pales in comparison to what teams in the Men’s World Cup are paid for winning: $35 million. Many know of gender pay gaps but few are so stark, brazen, or exponential. This type of sexism is unacceptable and something must be done to bring equality to the world of sports.
FIFA makes obscene amounts of money from its World Cup tournaments; estimates place their profits from the 2014 Men’s World Cup between $2 and $4 billion. In that same tournament the United States was paid $8 million dollars for losing. How does FIFA justify this appalling disparity in pay? Systemic sexism at high executive levels and a strong culture of male chauvinism.
FIFA’s incumbent, but soon to be ex, President Sepp Blatter’s opinion on women’s soccer is well-documented. While talking about ways to raise interest in the game, he has been quoted as saying, “They could, for example, have tighter shorts. Female players are pretty.” This the type of person who has been running one of the world’s biggest sporting organizations.
FIFA has been attempting to change its image after comments such as those above and several other scandals including bribery and racketeering. A big step in the right direction would be acknowledging the high levels of athleticism and dedication of their female players by paying them the same amounts that their male counterparts enjoy. Please sign here to demand that FIFA recognize that women and men are equals and put an end to their culture of toxic masculinity.
Dear Mr. Blatter,
It has to come my attention that there is an absolutely obscene gap between what female teams and male teams are paid for their World Cup appearances. Germany was gifted $35 million for their win in 2014, yet for winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, the United States’ team was paid only $2 million. I’m no mathematician, but that means that the German men’s team was paid over seventeen times as much money as the U.S. women’s team for doing essentially the same thing. How do you justify this type of inequality?
I understand your personal views on women in sports, that they should just be ogled and that they should look pretty for you, but that is not the world we live in, Mr. Blatter. These women are practicing just as hard, playing just as hard, and drawing in billions for your organization. They must be paid a more equitable share of the profits of their labor. I am writing to demand that you pay all of the women who competed in the 2015 World Cup the same amounts that their male counterparts were given in 2014. Try as you may to preserve your boys’ club, but equality will win out in the end.
[Your Name Here]
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