Overworked, Underpaid: Why NFL Cheerleaders are Fighting For Gender Equality


From game time performances to grueling rehearsal schedules, National Football League cheerleaders invest their blood, sweat, and tears into their position as athletes. Though they are front and center on the sidelines of every game and required to attend promotional events, professional football cheerleaders haven't been properly compensated for their work for decades.

Historically, women have been paid considerably less than men. All women are impacted by this issue, but statistics prove that the magnitude of the gender wage gap is significantly larger amongst minority women. Bustle reports, "While women are on average reported as receiving 80 cents for every dollar men that receive, numbers from an April 2017 National Partnership For Women & Families report show black women are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men, on average. And Latinas receive 54 cents for every dollar a non-Hispanic white male earns."

N.F.L. cheerleaders have regularly made headlines in recent years as many of them have begun to sue teams in the league for their less than minimum wage compensation. TIME reported, "NFL cheerleaders earn somewhere between $75 to $150 per game, and might make as much as $50 an hour for special corporate appearances."

The New York Times
detailed the inequalities cheerleaders have been facing and what they’re doing now to achieve equality for others in their profession. Learn more about their fight to close the gender gap and achieve equal pay BELOW:

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