A piece in today’s Sunday Times:
England play Scotland today in their first match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. [J4MB: How exciting is that?] But however they perform, the players’ earnings will be a fraction of those paid to their male counterparts. FIFA set the prize money pool for players in the 2018 Men’s World Cup at £314m; for this summer’s women’s tournament, the figure is £24m.
Those who oppose the pay gap say it is an indefensible example of discrimination from an organisation that could easily afford more. Those who defend it argue that wages reflect revenue, and point out that the last men’s tournament brought in 82 times the takings of its female equivalent.
What’s your view?
A strong case can be made that prize money should reflect revenues. So the prize money for this year’s women’s tournament should be £314m x 1/82, or about £3.8m, a reduction of more than £20m, less parasiting on the men’s game. £3.8m still seems a lot to be paying a bunch of women to kick a ball around with less competence – and therefore viewing pleasure – than the average 12-year-old boy.
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