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The Wage Gap in Professional Soccer

Since the establishment of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, wage discrimination based on sex has been illegal in the United States; however, just because it is illegal, does not mean that it is nonexistent. The wage gap is defined as the difference in pay between men and women (Bosson, Vendello, & Buckner, p. 387). In the United States, reports from across all industries show a gap in wages between men and women with professional sports being no exception to gender inequality. Over the past five years, the United States Women’s National Team has been at the forefront of the fight for equal pay between male and female professional athletes. In what has been a bleak history of unequal salaries, the U.S. Women’s National Team has become a beacon of hope for female athletes across the world. One American player, Christen Press, described it as a “women’s coming together movement” in the plight against the wage gap (Das, 2018). Discrimination takes on many forms, and one of the most extensive examples of sex-based discrimination can be seen in the wage gap. While fighting for equal pay, the United States Women’s National Team showcases the extent to which biases against women are reflected in the wage gap.

Why Women Hate Their Bodies

There are many factors that may contribute to the way people view their own bodies. A major factor in the adoption of negative body image and body shaming comes from the role of the media in cultural standards and ideals. Body type ideals vary across cultures, however it has been found that in Western cultures there is a greater emphasis on the objectification of the female body. This objectification has been severely detrimental to female mental health due to its link to self-objectification and social comparisons. As the cultural ideal body type becomes increasingly more unattainable over time, increased media exposure to this ideal has a negative effect on female mental health.