Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

'Enough is enough': United States women's hockey team plan boycott over low pay

'Enough is enough': United States women's hockey team plan boycott over low pay

Team captain Meghan Duggan, who also plays for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League, says the players are simply asking USA Hockey "to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought".

USA Hockey responded to the team's announcement within a few hours, detailing their proposals for increased support in the form of training funds and travel/lodging stipends and insurance.

Megan Bozek and other Team USA members put out a statement on Twitter saying that the players "have asked for equitable support in the areas of financial compensation, youth team development, equipment, travel expenses, hotel accommodations, meals, staffing, transportation, marketing and publicity".

Team USA is the host of the games set to begin March 31 and is the reigning world champion.

The women say that United States of America hockey spends $3.5 million a year to support boys participating in the national program. Last year, the World Cup-winning national team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging wage discrimination by the United States federation. "We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect".

"It's hard to believe that, in 2017, we still have to fight so hard for basic equitable support", assistant captain Monique Lamoureux-Morando told ESPNW. Is playing going to be more stress than we can handle?

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"To voluntarily take ourselves out of the running to do that is not easy, but it's what's right and we're asking for what's right and fair", Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said by phone.

Alex Morgan, one of the stars of the women's soccer team and an outspoken advocate for equal pay in that sport, tweeted her support to the hockey players. "We should be able to make a living wage being the top female hockey players in the country and not have to hold second and third jobs".

The athletes have been pursuing a contract that guarantees better pay for more than a year, according to the team's press release. For the rest of the time between Olympics, USA Hockey pays them "virtually nothing", the statement says, "despite its expectation that in each of the non-Olympic years, the players train full time and compete throughout the year, including in the World Championships".

Many players on the USWNT play in the National Women's Hockey League, which also cut salaries of its players in November 2016.

The women have proposed a dollar amount to USA Hockey, but they're not disclosing it. "We get paid for six months out of a four-year span".

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