Equal Pay for The Women’s Soccer Team: Is it a Good Idea?

Business Magazine, Forbes Pushes Liberal Agenda

Tom Spiggle of Forbes manipulates his audience into thinking that the U.S. women’s national soccer team is unfairly payed less than the men’s team. Spiggle expresses personal opinions and glosses over facts which undermine his argument.

In Spiggle’s article, “What the U.S. Women’s Soccer Controversy Says About Equal Pay,” he strives to persuade his audience to accept liberal ideologies. Namely, that the U.S. women’s soccer team deserves to win the lawsuit against U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF).

Spiggle begins by expressing how much positive press the women’s team had received as of late. This completely disregards any negative press the team has received due to the team wanting an unwarranted $66 million and immediately places the women’s team in a positive light.

Spiggle also glosses over a number of statements he makes that undermine his argument. Spiggle first writes that “the women’s team claims that it has received less compensation than the U.S. men’s national soccer team…” and then calls it an apparent “pay discrepancy.” In the very next sentence, however, Spiggle assumes these allegations are correct and asks, “how much is the women’s team getting paid less…?” forcing any reader to agree that women are being payed less.

This assumption ignores that the payment plan the women’s team chose actually pays the women’s team more than the men’s when the benefits included in the plan are monetized (https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2020/02/24/u-s-womens-player-admits-men-stronger-faster-women/).

Spiggle even mentions that the women’s team believed they were doing superior work to the men’s team, and thus the fact that the women’s team does not receive equal pay is a violation of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), but does not explain how the women’s team does “superior” work at all. Instead, he defines “work” by the amount of revenue the women’s team receives and shows that the women’s team received less money for winning similar games and tournaments to the men’s team. Neither of these aspects are relevant in measuring “work.”

“Work” should be defined by the amount of effort each team puts into games. Carli Lloyd, a U.S. women’s team soccer player admitted that men are “faster and stronger” than women. Thus, men inherently are against heftier competition and need to put in more effort to win games.

Here, it’s clear Spiggle disregards the differences between men and women, an increasingly common phenomenon in liberal media. Even if the women’s team was payed less than the men’s, which it isn’t, it would still be ridiculous for the women’s team to file for the lawsuit as they cannot reach the level men can because of women’s lower muscle mass.

How Breitbart Manipulates Financial Information

The numbers don’t lie, but Breitbart does.

The U.S. women’s soccer team recently filed for a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), alleging they had violated the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) by paying the women’s team less than the men’s.

An article by Forbes’ Tom Spiggle (https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomspiggle/2019/07/19/what-the-u-s-womens-soccer-controversy-says-about-equal-pay) outlines how the women’s team is being payed less than the men’s team and how the women’s team actually contributes to more revenue for the USSF. But an article named “U.S. Women’s Player Admits Men Are Stronger, Faster Than Women” by Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston attempts to argue otherwise. He does so by removing the context of multiple financial exchanges regarding the women’s team.

Huston’s article fails to address the false choice the USSF gave the women’s soccer team. Specifically, the article only explains that the women’s team chose the current payment plan for the women’s team  and that it included more benefits than the men’s team (such as “guaranteed salaries, health insurance, paid child-care assistance, pregnancy and parental leave, severance pay, and access to a 401(k) retirement plan”). It also states that the USSF wrote a letter explaining that the benefits were worth more than what the men’s team earned. Both of these are misleading statements.

According to Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. women’s soccer team, the USSF offered the women’s team two plans that left them with less money than the men’s team, so the one with benefits was the obvious choice.

“In the most recent CBA negotiation, USSF repeatedly said that equal pay was not an option regardless of pay structure,” stated Levinson.

Additionally, the letter Breitbart refers to only states the USSF strives for equity in paying men and women. An obviously bias statement as it’s made by the USSF about the USSF. Thus, Huston uses the authority of the USSF to claim women are receiving equal pay.

In a later statement, Huston claimed that the U.S. women’s team had “lost much more money than the men” but only gave one example of how much each team lost in 2009 which is not a big enough sample size to prove this claim overall. The 2016 to 2018 fiscal years are cited by Spiggle to prove that the women’s team turns a profit, regardless of what they’ve lost.  

Huston pulls facts out of context once again in his closing statement. He attempts to prove that women are not as strong as men due to the fact that they won 2019 Women’s World Cup, but lost one game against FC Dallas’ under-15 boys team.

So, while numbers don’t lie, the context of those numbers and financial information in general is imperative to understanding what those numbers actually mean.

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