Brazil And England Both Close The Gender Pay Gap Between Their National Football Teams
The athletes will receive the same daily rates and prize money 👏👏👏
Australia's gender pay gap might be at a standstill, but the fight for equal pay in the world of sports has some news to celebrate. First, the US Women's National Football were granted pay equity (albeit, they are still fighting amid an ongoing legal battle) and now it's been announced that both Brazil and England's women's football teams will receive the same pay as the countries men's teams.
Both the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) and the English Football Association (FA) confirmed the news.
"Women will receive the same daily rate as those who already receive them. The women's team that wins or progresses through the stages atnext year's Olympic Gameswill receive the same as the men," CBF president Rogerio Caboclo said. "There is no more gender difference; the CBF is treating men and women equally."
Along with the pay equity announcement, Caboclo also revealed on Wednesday that he would be hiring two women's football coordinators, Duda Luizelli and Aline Pellegrino.
In England, pay parity for female athletes was introduced in January. "The FA pays its women's players exactly the same as their male counterparts for representing England, both in terms of match fees and match bonuses," a spokesperson said, according to ESPN.
Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan
In November of 2019, it was announced Australia's top women soccer players would earn the same as their male counterparts. "For us as females, it's always good when you're appreciated and they show the support," Matildas defender Alanna Kennedy told News Corp Australia at the time.
The news comes as the US Women's National Team continues to fight for the same goal. Despite winning more games and bringing in more revenue than the men's team, captain Megan Rapinoe and her teammates on the USWNT earn less than half of what the men do.
"If anyone knows anything about the heart of this team, we are fighters and we will continue to fight together for this," Rapinoe told Good Morning America. "This is definitely a hurdle in the road, but it’s nothing that’s going to stop or deter us from what we have always been true to, and that’s true equality in the sport."
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