CNN’s Brooke Baldwin castigated society over the large gender gap in the wages between female professional athletes and male professional athletes.
Here’s what she said:
“What do Serena Williams, Danica Patrick, Lindsey Vonn, Ronda Rousey and Maria Sharapova all have in common?” Baldwin asked on her CNN show Wednesday. “They’re all bad-ass women not on the list of the one hundred highest paid athletes in the world.”
“In fact, not a single woman is on that list,” she explained. “Not one, instead the men on this new list out this week made a record $3.8 billion, that is up 23 percent from the previous year. To be fair, one of the reasons cited, team sports are exploding thanks to TV deals.”
Baldwin went on to compare female athletes’ salaries to men in the same sports, noting the large gap in their income. She also pointed to lawsuit from the Women’s Soccer team arguing discrimination in their salaries even though the team brings in more money than the men’s team.
“But perhaps more importantly in this whole conversation,” she added, “the people who don’t make the millions, who are not standing out there on red carpets or on the Forbes’ list.”
Baldwin then quoted actress Amy Adams about the effort to address low wages for teachers and waiters and other less glamorous jobs.
“I want to fight for people outside our industry,” Adams is quoted as saying. “Let’s start with our teachers. Let’s get waiters paid the minimum wage. That’s what’s great about what’s happening with time’s up… We’re starting to have bigger conversations than just what’s happening in Hollywood.”
Here’s the video of Baldwin’s gender gap commentary:
Many on the right have noted that there are many reasons to be skeptical of an oft-quoted statistic pointing to a disparity between the income of men and women to the tune of 77 percent. They point to studies that show the actual gender gap to close almost completely when disparities in career choices between men and women are taken into account.
Further, greater disparities in athletes’ wages may be due to differences in the interest that Americans show in womens’ sports as opposed to mens’ sports.