Equal Pay Between Genders: Soccer and a New Alabama Law

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Recently, there has been a booming movement across Alabama and America as a whole for gender equality in payment, especially now that we have a prime example in everyone’s face. That’s right, our women’s soccer team secured a fourth World Cup win and their second consecutive World Cup win, after the fact that our men’s team didn’t even qualify for the last World Cup in 2018. Let’s compare the star forward players of each gender’s team respectively, Alex Morgan who is female and Christian Pulisic who is male. As of now, Alex Morgan has played 6 matches in the Women’s World Cup 2019 and scored 6 goals total. Christian Pulisic has played in his club teams matches throughout the beginning of the year and now is playing as a forward for the men’s team. After not participating in the world cup last year due to not being able to qualify, he has scored half as many goals as Morgan in the men’s past 5 matches. These matches are a part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Already, you can see a performance difference as well as the pressure between levels of play (World Cup v.s. Gold Cup).

The next difference is yearly salary, where Pulisic receives 1.1 million dollars annually and his net worth stands around 8 million USD. Meanwhile, Alex Morgan reportedly makes 300,000 dollars a year with a net worth of around 3 million USD. This seems a little odd to have such a big gap, right? I mean, especially since the Women’s team won the 2015 World Cup and has dominated the playing field (literally and metaphorically) for years. Alas, this is just one of many ways female athletes and women in general have been lessened by male-dominated society. Now, let’s focus on how this relates to Alabama.

We’ve seen recently how Alabama views the importance of women by the state making abortions illegal and the vile treatment of anyone who isn’t a straight, white, rich male. Fortunately, with this topic, we are doing better. On May 30th, lawmakers passed a bill for equal pay and no discrimination based on gender or race. This will officially take effect in August. Although this news is fantastic, we should take this next fact with a grain of salt: we are the 49th state (keep in mind here… there are 50) to pass a law of this weight to create a more equal workplace. However, I hope this allows for those discriminated against in the state to make leaps and bounds for better lives and better treatment. This should be a great sign for those in Alabama to have hope for more movements towards equality in all meanings of the word.

Reilly Durkin, 16, Birmingham

Written by: Reilly Durkin / @reillydurkin

Edited by: Isabel Hope / @isabama / @isabamahope

Elizabeth Webber / @lizflute13 / @elizabethw169

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