The Battle of the Sexes is an ongoing battle within the athletic world that’s hardly restricted to tennis. However final week, pro-surfer girls who simply wish to grasp ten with the perfect of ’em lastly gained some better-late-than-never traction relating to the fitting to equal pay.
The wage hole is lastly closed within the World Surf League, a 1976-founded group recognized for operating main competitions throughout the globe. In a press release, CEO Sophie Goldschmidt guarantees that every one WSL-controlled occasions—together with the World Championship Tour, Junior World Championship Tour, Longboard Tour, and the Huge Wave browsing tour—will instantly instate the coverage shifting ahead.
Of the 35 sports activities that supply money compensation at a world degree, solely 25 report paying equal prize cash to men and women.
Whereas, sure, this information is completely gnarly, I can’t assist however marvel why it’s taking so lengthy for all pro-level sports activities to undertake the coverage of awarding equal prize cash to each ladies and men. As a result of TBH, the progress has been gradual: A BBC News report from 2014 requested the governing physique of 56 sports activities who play on the world stage whether or not or not they caught with the identical pay grade, no matter gender. And of the 35 that supply money compensation at a world degree, solely 25 report paying equal prize cash to men and women. Right here’s the breakdown:
Sports activities that supply equal prize cash to ladies and men: Determine skating, gymnastics, horse racing, the marathon, crusing, ski leaping, snowboarding, swimming, tennis, and others.
Sports activities that don’t provide greater prize cash to women and men as of 2014:
• Squash, which paid males about $21,000 greater than girls within the World Championships.
• Golf, which paid males nearly $900,000 extra in prize cash than girls within the Open alone.
• Soccer, which paid males about $27 million greater than girls within the World Cup alone.
• Cricket, which paid males greater than $three million greater than girls within the World Cup alone.
And nonetheless, there are extra variations relying on the competitors below the umbrella of every sport.
All that is to say that in case you’re watching sports activities on a world stage, do not forget that what you select to assist is both widening or serving to to shut the wage gap. Mainly, till all remaining inequitable organizations comply with the World Surf League’s swimsuit and honest cost is a actuality throughout the board—or moderately globe—your display time is significantly better spent watching volleys, backstrokes, and wave-shredding.