What Does Equality Mean To You?
Simply put, the word equality means the same—the same opportunities, the same rights, and the same choices. But equality—although simple in meaning—has been a struggle to achieve in different parts of the world and in different aspects of life. Take, for example, a woman’s right to vote.
- It wasn’t until 2011 that women were granted the right to vote in Saudi Arabia. It wasn’t until the next election, which was held in 2015, that women actually cast their vote.
- In the United States, female professional athletes continue to fight for pay that’s equal to that of their male peers. It’s been a topic that’s recently received a lot of attention, thanks in part to big name athletes such as professional tennis player Serena Williams and professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe.
What’s Happening In Sports Now?
While the fight for equality in professional sports is nowhere near over, certain sports leagues have worked hard to adjust the equality needle. Recently, the Ireland Football Association announced that both their women’s and men’s teams would be paid the same. Shocked that they aren’t already paid equally? The reality is that women often only get paid a fraction of the salary that their male counterparts get paid for playing at the same professional level of the same sport. Although Ireland’s announcement is a step in the right direction, there are only seven other countries who belong to the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) that pay their female players the same as their male players. Those countries are Australia, Brazil, England, Fiji, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, and now Ireland. Next, it’s up to the other 151 countries to hop onto the equality train.
Who’s on board?