Last year I had a long discussion with one of my uncles about the US women’s national soccer team and their plight for equal pay. Perhaps due to my women’s college background and (somewhat extensive) womxn’s and gender studies, I was floored —if not heartbroken — to hear my uncle’s fervent dismissal of the USWNT call to be paid the same as the men’s team.
In 2006, Venus Williams penned an op-ed essay in The Times of London urging Wimbledon for the male and female prize to be equal. She wrote:
“Have you ever been let down by someone that you had long admired, respected and looked up to? Little in life is more disappointing, particularly when that person does something that goes against the very heart of what you believe is right and fair.”