Target: FIFA President Sepp Blatter
Goal: Demand that women players are compensated fairly compared to male players.
The United States Women’s soccer team won the World Cup for the third time in the team’s history on July 5, 2015. The match between the United States and Japan garnered unprecedented television ratings in the U.S. The television event had more viewers than the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals. Moreover, not only was it the highest-rated women’s soccer match in the United State’s history, it was the highest-rated soccer game in the U.S. history, included men’s matches.
While the U.S. men’s team never made it to the finals of the World Cup, they made an exorbitant amount of money simply for participating in the event. The United States women’s team won a prize of $2 million for becoming world champions. However, the United States men’s team made $9 million from the event, only to lose in the second round. This is a pay discrepancy of almost five-times over. Perhaps what is even more shocking is that worldwide, FIFA’s payout for the men’s world cup was $576 million contrasted with $15 million for the Women’s World Cup.
Sadly, when the secretary general of FIFA was asked if the organization had any plans to try to equalize pay, he said that the idea was “nonsense” and went on to say, “One hundred years from now, women can expect pay equity with men? It’s an absurd timeline.”
Sign this petition to prove that the notion of equal pay is not “nonsense” and to demand that female soccer players be paid equal to men when competing in tournaments and World Cup games.
Dear FIFA President Sepp Blatter,
I am writing this petition letter to you to urge you to take action to cut the pay gap for men and women soccer players competing in FIFA tournaments and cup games. According to Ultraviolet, FIFA’s payout for the Men’s World Cup tournament was $576 million. Disturbingly, it was only $15 million for the Women’s World Cup.
At a time where women are breaking glass ceiling’s and women’s rights are progressing in many areas, equal pay of professional athletes seems to have made little to no progress. FIFA has the opportunity to pave the way for women athletes around the world and set a precedent by taking action towards equal pay in professional sports.
FIFA’s secretary general of FIFA said that the equal pay for professional athletes was “nonsense” and went on to say, “One hundred years from now, women can expect pay equity with men? It’s an absurd timeline.” However, I believe that it is “nonsense” that the U.S. men’s team never made it to the finals of the World Cup, yet the team was still paid almost five times as much as the United States women’s team who won a prize of only $2 million for becoming world champions.
I urge you to take steps to end the pay gap between professional athletes. The U.S. women’s soccer team not only won the World Cup this year, but the match broke television records. According to Huffington Post, it was the most-watched soccer game ever, including men’s games, on a United States television network. From this, it is easy to make the case that female professional athletes deserve to be paid the same as men. Female professional athletes work just as hard as male professional athletes and deserve to be compensated fairly.
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