Meghan Duggan isn't even 30 and she's already won six world championships with the US women's hockey team—and yet she says her team can't get living-wage paychecks that would put them on par with male colleagues. "That's why our team is taking a stand," she tells USA Today. That stand: not showing for the IIHF's World Championships, starting in Michigan on March 31.
The players' issues spur from the fact they've been trying to nail down a four-year contract with USA Hockey for over a year, to no avail. Currently, players have individual contracts with the hockey group that offer them $1,000 per month during the half-year training period leading up to the Olympics. The women also receive a stipend from the US Olympic Committee when they go to the World Championships, as well as paid-for expenses during the Olympics and a bonus depending on how they medal.