Gender inequality is rife in the sporting industry, particularly when it comes to soccer. Often, female soccer players aren't taken as seriously as their male counterparts and are paid significantly less, despite playing the exact same sport.
You'd think that by now, in 2019, more would have been done to combat this, but sexism in sport is still a huge issue. You only have to look back to earlier this year when the US women’s team sued governing body, US Soccer, alleging gender discrimination in earnings and working conditions - which hugely propelled pay disparity between the professional men's and women's team into the mainstream spotlight.
And the drama surrounding the lawsuit continues after some comments were made.
Also, keep scrolling to see what other teams are leading by example and putting the US to shame...
The gender pay gap in soccer has been skyrocketed into the spotlight in recent years.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to Reuters, figures from the Women’s Sports Foundation show that by age fourteen, girls drop out of sports at two times the rate of boys, with the lack of opportunities and access to equipment, social stigma, and safety and transportation cited as key reasons. And who's to blame them? The figures are dire, to say the least, and what motivation is there when sport, especially soccer, is deemed a man's world?
But, the truth is, more people than ever are watching, and supporting women's soccer.
And it seems women across the world have had enough of not being taken seriously.
The gender pay gap forces women to face greater challenges accessing basic necessities, including healthcare. The U… https://t.co/7kpJN1fG6y— Leana Wen, M.D. (@Leana Wen, M.D.)1562592780.0
In June, Australian women's soccer team, the Matildas, launched a campaign demanding prize-money parity ahead of the women’s World Cup.
via: Getty ImagesAnd 4 years earlier, the Australian women's team canceled a sell-out tour of the US following a dispute with the FFA over their pay, which the players said was so low it was "illegal."
Their efforts seem to finally be paying off.
History. A new landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement has been struck to close the pay gap between @TheMatildas… https://t.co/RaCBzEYCpx— Westfield Matildas (@Westfield Matildas)1572994860.0
Australian soccer's governing body announced it had reached an agreement with the players’ union.
So, how does the deal work and what exactly does it mean for women in the sport?
Under the new deal, female players will receive an increased share of prize money for FIFA World Cup qualification.
via: Getty ImagesTheir share will increase from 30% to 40% and will increase to 50% if they progress to the knockout stage.
Both sides will be valued equally...
Top female players will also see a boost to their salary.
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And the deal includes reviewing the FFA's parental leave policy...
But, the new agreement, which has been finialized doesn't necessarily mean the teams will be paid the exact same amount.
ultimately: if you base pay off performance (which is imo how it should be) then the matildas have earned equal, o… https://t.co/K29PHNQbfO— Jamie (@Jamie)1573007787.0
Either way, it's still a huge game-changer in the sport.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the Guardian, Matildas defender, Alanna Kennedy, said collaboration between the two teams had been a big part of the deal negotiations. “For us as females, it’s always good when you’re appreciated and they show the support," she explained to News Corp Australia. “We’re hoping [it is finalized] by the end of the week. If we were to get it across the line it’s exciting and a huge step forward for us."
Many believe the deal proves that women's sport is finally getting valued the way it deserves.
the #Matildas CBA is about so much more than equal pay, too. - improved parental leave policy - improved player we… https://t.co/XSBqByaP5G— Samantha Lewis (@Samantha Lewis)1572998441.0
The deal will also likely encourage more young girls to get into the sport.
Matildas midfielder, Elise Kellond-Knight, is also confident that the deal will have huge positive impacts.
This revelation puts the current state of US soccer to shame...
via: Getty ImagesWhile the 67 million dollar lawsuit against the federation continues, some recent comments made by the US Soccer's lawyers have caused an uncomfortable stir throughout the world and for good reason too.
The lawyers were trying to argue that the men's team has more responsibility than the women's.
via: Getty Images“The job of a [men’s national team player] carries more responsibility within US Soccer than the job of a [women’s national team] player."
They also emphasized the “indisputable science" behind the reasoning.
via: Getty ImagesApparently, the women's team deserves to be paid less because the men's team “requires a higher level of skill" to maintain.
But the facts remain facts.
via: Getty ImagesThe women have won the World Cup while the men failed to even qualify for the games back in 2018 so maybe when the men finally win the event, they might have half a leg to stand on. And if you want to re-live the glory days of women's soccer, keep scrolling...