New Documentary ‘A Woman’s Work’ Exposes Pay Disparity NFL Cheerleaders Face

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Reprinted from WBUR TV by and on January 1, 2021.

Concession stand workers can often make more than team cheerleaders for the National Football League.

That pay gap is the subject of a new documentary called A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem. The PBS Independent Lens film airs on Monday.

The pay disparity came to light in 2014 after a series of lawsuits raised by cheerleaders who said they were underpaid and sexually harassed. Filmmaker Yu Gu follows the stories of Maria Pinzone, former cheerleader for the Buffalo Bill Jills, and Lacy Thibodeaux-Fields, former cheerleader for the Los Angeles Raiderettes.

Gu, who was born in China, says she came to the US as an immigrant with high expectations about equality in democracies. …

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