Women Soccer Players Get 40 Times Less Than Men
And 5 other insane pay gap injustices
What you know: The USA Women’s Soccer team crushed it, becoming the first team ever to win the tournament three times.
What you didn’t know: These fierce and fabulous females are grossly underpaid, making 40 times less--yes, you read that right--than the men.
Here, a look at more famously appalling examples of the gender wage gap.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP VS. MEN’S WORLD CUP
It’s about the math plain and simple: The total payout for the women’s World Cup will be just $15 million compared with the men’s $576 million sum, according to Politico. That’s not all: National Women’s Soccer League salaries range from $6,000 to $30,000 with a salary cap of $200,000. On the flip side: The salary cap for the men is a whopping $3.1 million.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE VS. “AMERICAN HUSTLE”
It was the hack heard 'round the world: The leaked email messages between Sony execs last Christmas revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was to earn fewer “points” (industry jargon for profits) than her male co-stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner for her role in American Hustle. Here’s the rub: Unlike her male peers, J Law was the only one fresh off an Oscar win.
HANNAH MINGHELLA VS. SONY
And while we’re on the subject of Sony, let’s not forget that the email hack also uncovered the fact that Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures, was reportedly on track to earn $1.6 million in 2014. That’s $800,000 less than Michael De Luca, her male counterpart, who was expected to earn a cool $2.4 million.
JILL ABRAMSON VS. THE NEW YORK TIMES
The sudden ouster of executive editor Jill Abramson from The New York Times’ newsroom in 2014 was allegedly due to strain over a salary discrepancy. According to The New Yorker, Abramson discovered that her pay and pension benefits as executive editor and, before that, managing editor, were considerably less than the male editors she’d replaced in both jobs.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI VS. “MORNING JOE”
As co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe in 2008, Mika was one half of the two-person team headlining the hit show. Still, she contemplated bolting after learning that her male co-host, Joe Scarborough, was making 14 times her salary. She fought back--and wrote a book about her efforts to close the pay gap.