Equal Pay?

Who gets paid more per game, players on the US women's or US men's soccer team?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprised are you by this information?

  3. Is this pay disparity worse in soccer or in the average job in America?

  4. Do you think this pay disparity is worse in the US or in other countries?

  5. Why do you think there is such a disparity of pay between women and men?

  6. What is one consequence of this pay disparity?

  7. Is this good news?

  8. List one question you have about this information:

  9. What could the US government do to correct this inequality?

  10. What should the US government do to correct this inequality?

  11. Do you think the US women's soccer team should sue US Soccer for equal pay?

  12. If you were on the world champion and wildly popular women's US Soccer team what would you think about this?

  13. I went to see the US Women's National Team play Germany in the World Cup in Montreal last summer. It was thrilling! And then I saw today's chart in the paper and thought, WT? In the comments section, discuss your reaction to the information in the chart:


Learning Extension

Read the entire NYTimes report on gender pay disparities in US soccer.


Action Extension

Contact US Soccer or tweet them @ussoccerand let them know what you think about this.


Bonus Chart

Glass Ceiling

Are there more Fortune 500 CEOs who are women or who are named John?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What story does the chart tell?

  3. What's the most surprising information in this chart?

  4. What's a consequence of this?

  5. Is this bad or good?

  6. Of all the groups listed above, professors of economics are probably the least powerful. Which group is the most powerful?

  7. If you substituted the words "African-American," or "Hispanic," for "women," do you think the chart would be very different?

  8. What questions do you have?

  9. Tweet your reaction to this chart to @Classroooooooms

  10. In the comments section, explain why you think there are four times as many CEOs named James, John, Robert, or William as there are women CEOs?


Action Extension

Contact a female leader of a corporation, company, or small business in your community or state. Ask them to share their story of becoming a business leader and share what you learned in class.


Learning Extension

Read more about these findings in this New York Times story.


Class Warfare

¿Do you think Americans think our government should or should not redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What story does the chart tell?

  3. Why do you think American views towards the rich have changed over the years?

  4. Plot out this chart all the way from the present through 2040?

  5. What will be one consequence of the new majority view about taxes and the rich?

  6. What annual income do you believe it takes for someone to quality as "rich"?*

  7. What questions do you have about this poll?

  8. Do you think our government should or should not redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich?

  9. How do you think the information contained in this chart is impacting this year's election?

  10. In the comments section, write a short explanation to a rich person why they should or should not be taxed heavily: Dear rich person...


Action Extension

Contact a candidate in this year's election and explain to them what they should do about what you've learned from the chart.




Learning Extension

*Bonus chart to help answer #6