Radio host Rush Limbaugh gave his perspective on the debate surrounding “equal pay” for women versus men’s soccer players. The debate has been raging since the champion women’s US soccer team flexed their newfound fame to lobby for higher pay.
“All right. Look. If it’s equal pay you’re concerned about, it’s the size of the pie,” Limbaugh said on Wednesday’s edition of his show. “The market will tell you nine times out of 10 everything you want to know. It’s up to you to accept it or to be offended by it or to be mad at it or to be blockheaded about it and reject it. But here are the numbers.
Limbaugh pointed out that in fairness cannot possibly mean same exact pay for each person in any given vocation, because the companies and corporations that they represent don’t bring in the same amount of money each year.
“Women’s soccer — and the most recent numbers, I think it’s Forbes, but the most recent numbers for the 2010 competitive season, women’s soccer generated $73 million. Yay! The women’s percentage of that pie that they were this paid was 13%. Yay! Same year, men’s soccer generated $4 billion. What do we mean ‘generated’?
“Well, that’s how much people spent buying tickets to attend and watch. That’s how much people spent subscribing to online streams to watch. That’s how much people spent on concessions, parking, travel, licensed merchandise, season tickets, you name it, $73 million to watch the women. Four billion to watch the men.
The radio host went on to point out that the argument can be made that the women’s team is actually making more than the men’s team because they’re taking home a bigger piece of the theoretical pie.
“Seventy-three million for the women. And you can manipulate stats however you want. You could say the women are being paid more than men. They’re getting 13% of their pie. The men are getting 9% of theirs. The men getting 9% of that four billion. I mean, this is the way they fool people, convincing them the rich aren’t paying their fair share in taxes.”
Several politicians have weighed in on the pay gap issue, capitalizing on the attention that the world cup winners have received, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who said from the Senate floor that he felt the country needs to change the way women are treated.
“And, while today we celebrate their victory, we also recognize that these women, these athletes, have challenges and they make us really think about the future of women’s sports.”
“They make us grapple with the deep unfairness in how female athletes are treated, and paid, compared to their male counterparts.”
He later tweeted his support for the star soccer team, saying: “What the USWNT team did was extraordinary, and they deserve to be compensated fairly.
“All women need to be compensated fairly. Period.
“And we ought to pay attention to this not just once every four years during the World Cup, but year-in and year-out.”
What the #USWNT did was extraordinary, and they deserve to be compensated fairly.
All women need to be compensated fairly. Period.
And we ought to pay attention to this not just once every four years during the World Cup, but year-in and year-out. pic.twitter.com/gtWgiHS2PH
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 8, 2019