Like a true advocate of classic bait and switch like socialist strategy where the politician tells a small cheering group of citizens how terrible injustices shall be fixed with the stroke of their mighty pen, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York signed a bill Wednesday, July 10, in the streets of Manhattan addressing equal pay, minutes before the kick off of a parade to honor the U.S. women’s soccer team and includes his best big bad wolf sermon to the U.S. Soccer League and the Fédération Internationale Football Association or FIFA.
The governor said, “And we say to the U.S. Soccer League and we say to FIFA if you don’t pay women what you pay men then you have no business in the state of New York because we are going to sign a bill that says equal pay for equal work. And I’m going to sign a law today that says it’s not just the right thing to do. It’s not just the moral thing to do. It is also the law in the state of New York. And my friends it is now the law in the state of New York. Equal pay for equal work.”
According to a December 2018 article in Reason.com titled “There’s a New Wage-Gap Myth Going Around and It Makes Women’s Work Life Look Grim” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, don’t believe the dire diagnosis because new research shows a mixed bag of pay patterns for women and men over the past 50 years. Meanwhile, whether there is a problem or not, the New York governor jumped on the band wagon and warned bad employers that the loophole they might have utilized to pay women less no longer exists.
The governor said, “It changes the old law, which had a loophole, which employers could say, well it was not equal work, it was similar work. And if there was any difference the law didn’t apply. This now changes the law to say comparable work, if it is basically the same work the pay has to be the same.”
And while members of the triumphant U.S. women’s soccer team filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation in March for gender discrimination alleging they are unfairly paid less than the men’s team, the economic justification is more likely connected to the overall revenue generated by each gender but apparently the governor knows better and uses his taxpayer funded bully pulpit to say so.
The governor said, “There is no economic justification to justify paying the men one rate and the women another rate. And on the facts in this situation. If you look at the economic impact and how much the league has made from women versus men. The ratings on TV. The performance on the soccer field. If anything, you would justify a higher pay for women. You can not justify that the men get paid more. Period.”
Finally, according to Forbes as of March 2019, the men still pull the World Cup money wagon. The 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia generated over $6 billion in revenue, with the participating teams sharing $400 million while the Women’s World Cup is expected to earn only $131 million for the full four-year cycle 2019-2022 and doled out only $30 million to the participating teams.
Includes reporting from Forbes, Reason.com, and The Associated Press