Sending Office: Honorable Lois Frankel
Our Nation’s Athletes Deserve Equality
Cosponsor the Athletics Fair Pay Act
House Companion to S. 2083, introduced by Senator Feinstein and Senator Patty Murray
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Kathy Castor
Female athletes are paid significantly less than their male counterparts despite being required to perform the same work. For example:
The women’s national soccer team has won four FIFA World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, and has been ranked number one by FIFA for 10 of the last 11 years. In addition, the women’s team has generated $50.8 million in game revenue from 2016 to 2018.
Despite this, the U.S. Soccer Federation pays the Women’s National Team as little as 38 cents on the dollar compared to the Men’s National Team.
In addition, in 2017, the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team reached a settlement with USA Hockey in a wage dispute only after the team threatened to boycott a major competition. Prior to the settlement, USA Hockey, the sport’s National Governing Body,
refused to pay female athletes in non-Olympic years and only paid $6,000 to each player in the year leading up to an Olympic Games. Only after suing USA Hockey were female hockey players finally eligible to earn up to $70,000 per year, which
included increased training stipends year-round and performance bonuses for winning Olympic medals.
The Athletics Fair Pay Act would:
- Amend the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act to Require Equitable Pay for Female Athletes in Amateur Athletics.
- Adds new reporting requirements for National Governing Bodies to require National Governing Bodies to provide an annual report to Congress on athlete pay broken down by race and gender.
For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact MiQuel Davies with Congresswoman Frankel at
Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21)
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