High School Girls Soccer Team Gets Yellow Cards After Equal Pay Protest

A highschool women soccer workforce in Vermont tried to advocate for equal pay at a Friday sport and managed to obtain a number of yellow playing cards within the course of.

After scoring their first purpose of the evening, a number of members of the Burlington High School women workforce took off their blue uniforms to disclose customized white jerseys bearing the slogan #EQUALPAY, in keeping with the Burlington Free Press. 

Referees responded by issuing yellow playing cards for unsportsmanlike conduct to the 4 gamers who took off their uniform jerseys, as a substitute of simply lifting them up, as different gamers did. The league’s guidelines prohibit gamers from carrying uniforms bearing slogans throughout official video games, although they’ll sport them throughout practices and off-field occasions, in keeping with WPTZ-TV.

At the Burlington sport, the gang cheered and chanted “equal pay” when the women revealed the jerseys, greater than 500 of which the workforce had already bought as a part of a fundraising marketing campaign.

The workforce’s coach advised Good Morning America that the women had been impressed by the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, whose gamers are vocal advocates for closing the gender pay hole, particularly in skilled soccer leagues. 

“It’s appalling, and it’s ridiculous that that’s still a thing,” Burlington varsity soccer participant Maggie Barlow advised WPTZ-TV.

The workforce has bought the #EqualPay jerseys to different college students, highschool athletes and even Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and his spouse. The Nike jerseys value $25 — although male consumers had been inspired to pay 16% extra to mark the typical gender pay disparity in Vermont, in keeping with the Free Press.

The faculty’s boys soccer workforce wore the jerseys in solidarity with the women workforce at a latest sport, however the Free Press reported that they managed to keep away from yellow playing cards by lifting up their jerseys with out taking them off.

The cash raised from jersey gross sales will reportedly go towards diversifying women’ youth soccer in Burlington.

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