Saying a prayer for the US WNT and USA Hockey to hurry up and get on the same page.
On Wednesday the team announced that it would not be participating in the world championships that they are supposed to be hosting in Michigan the end of this month and, considering they are the defending champs, this is quite a shocker.
Or is it?
These professional athletes are sending a clear message: they work hard and play harder, just like the men, and they can’t do it without a livable wage. According to this CNN Money article, the women have been trying to get fair wages for quite some time now. Plus they are also looking for the same kind of treatment that the men get in the way of travel, promotion and such.
The CNN story goes on to quote the captain of the team, Meghan Duggan, who released a statement: “We are asking for a living wage and for USA Hockey to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought. We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect.”
Of course, USA Hockey has also released a statement that you can read in its entirety here.
But the kicker of this whole situation? USA Hockey, the national governing body, is on record as saying that they will still field a women’s team if the boycott does in fact, continue. This USA Today story confirms that.
Wait, what? Send in the replacements?
Please don’t let it come down to that. We have the winter Olympics coming soon and we need to to keep these #winning women in training and on top of their game.
Let’s all pray on this, shall we.