US Women's National Hockey Team and Equal Pay


National Women's Hockey League and Equal Pay Richard Wolowicz/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images
National Women's Hockey League and Equal Pay Richard Wolowicz/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

E&B give an inside look at the National Women's Hockey League's fight for equal pay.

CORRECTION:

In today's episode we did our best to shed light on an empowering negotiation victory story that comes from the world of women's hockey. While we always do our best to shed light on topics that we feel are empowering and important for women everywhere to understand, we would never claim to be hockey experts, a fact that became glaringly obvious in the podcast, when we repeatedly mix up the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team (the team at the center of this negotiation victory) with the National Women's Hockey League, a totally separate entity.

Please know that we take our research seriously and are always aiming for the highest level of accuracy, but these two teams (which, by the way, share 3 out of 5 common words in their names) became pretty easy to mix up throughout this conversation.

Our phenomenal listeners helped bring this error to our attention because the distinction, as it turns out, is quite important.

While the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team has made impressive strides on equal pay, the National Women's Hockey League has had major setbacks in the last year. Last November, the NWHL players faced steep pay cuts and - with no collective bargaining agreement in place - found themselves unable to push back. Later on, their season was shortened significantly, adding to their financial loss.

In a similar fashion to the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team, the National Women's Hockey League players tried to make demands of the league to improve their pay and treatment, but were unsuccessful. Clearly, there's still more work that needs to be done to achieve pay equality for women at the top of their game in the American hockey world, as is true for women in many other sport professions.

A huge THANK YOU to all of the listeners who wrote in to correct us. Thanks for taking the time to help us get it right