As the conversation over U.S. women’s soccer’s pay inequality reaches a fever pitch, another sport is grappling with a similarly polarizing debate: Golf.
In the wake of the U.S. Women’s National Team clinching back-to-back World Cup wins, 20-time Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) champion Cristie Kerr believes there’s a need to close the gap with male golfers.
She told Yahoo Finance in an interview that more work needs to be done at a business level to achieve true pay equality.
“I’m not saying we deserve equal because we’re not the same product yet but we need to close the gap,” she added.
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“It dwarfs it,” Kerr said. “We don’t deserve to make 10 to 15% of what they make.”
A male-dominated sport, golf has often been criticized for its severe gender pay disparity. Some studies in recent years have revealed that male caddies earn even more money than some of the top female players.
Alexandra Canal is a Producer at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @alliecanal8193