The U.S. womenâ€™s national hockey team has triumphed before the world championships even begin. The women had said they would not play in those world championshipsâ€”after winning the event six of the last eight times it was playedâ€”unless USA Hockey stepped up its support of women in the sport and moved toward fair pay. Now, team members and USA Hockey have announced a deal just in time for the championships:
USA Hockey, the sportâ€™s American federation, and the U.S. womenâ€™s team announced in a joint press release that they had reached an agreement â€śthat will result in groundbreaking support for the U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team program over the course of the next four years.â€ť […]
The two sides agreed to keep financial terms of the deal private. But the deal includes the formation of a new advisory group made up of current and former players that will â€śassist USA Hockey in efforts to advance girlsâ€™ and womenâ€™s hockey,â€ť the release said.
â€śOur sport is the big winner today,â€ť said Meghan Duggan, the teamâ€™s captain. â€śWe stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockeyâ€™s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together.â€ť
USA Hockey had gone looking for scabs, but womenâ€™s hockey players across the country had refused to bite, and NHL players were reportedly ready to stand with the women.
This article originally appeared at DailyKOS.com on March 29, 2017. Reprinted with permission.
Laura Clawson is aÂ Daily Kos contributing editor since December 2006. Labor editor since 2011.