Time for the statistics:
In the 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup, team USA (whoo!) played 7 matches, had 97 shots on goal, scored 14 goals, and had only 3 goals shot against them. Oh, and they came in first place in a 5-2 win against Japan.
In the 2014 Fifa Men's World Cup, team USA played 4 matches, had 41 shots on goal, scored 5 goals, and had 5 goals shot against them. They came in 16th place.
The USA Women's Team played 3 more matches than the Men's Team, had 56 more shots on goal, scored 9 more goals, and had two less goals shot against them.
Now, I'm not saying that the women deserve more pay than the men, as I'm all for equal pay, but based on their stats, they should definitely be paid the same amount. I mean, even if they had terrible stats, men and women teams should be paid the same amount for having the same ranking. The men's team should not have gotten paid more than the women's team for losing in the 16th round, while the women won the whole fucking thing.
Oh, and the USA Women's Team play on artificial turf, which gets EVERYWHERE, while the men play on carefully cut and trimmed natural turf. Trust me, artificial turf is the worst thing ever. It's like 134823749834728947 degrees and you find the rubber bits in unexpected places for weeks afterwards.
My 11-year-old sister, Kiki, who is amazing at soccer, decided to give me a quote: "When I play soccer, I don't want to have to believe that some people think that the boys playing on the field next to me deserve more, even though we play the same way, with the same rules and the same love for the sport."
The wage gap that so many people believe doesn't exist is really highlighted by this recent event, and is such a huge issue in not only American society, but many other societies around the world! It makes no sense that men and women are paid different amounts of money for doing the same job, even though, sometimes (i.e. the Women's World Cup), the women are doing a better job than the men.
(btw: the amazing video above was created by the equally awesome Elisa Kreisinger of Refinery29.)