Gender quality in sports is a topic that has been debated for decades, in all sports for that matter. The basic concept lies that if both the genders garner the same audience and get the same share to the table, should be remunerated equally.
One example of this can be of Billie Jean King. She was a successful tennis player, who started the debate of equal pay in tennis tournaments and fought a long battle to get to her goal. Many women tennis players see her as her role model.
The Brazil football federation (CBF) recently announced that players in the men’s and women’s national football teams would receive equal pay. After Australia, Norway, and New Zealand previously decided to give equal pay for their men’s and women’s teams, Brazil becomes the latest country to take this step towards gender equality.
“The CBF has equaled the prize money and allowances between men’s and women’s football, which means the women players will earn the same as the men,” Rogerio Caboclo, the federation’s president, states in a statement.
After this move, the country’s top women footballers such as Marta, Formiga, and Leticia Santos will earn the same as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, and Roberto Firmino while representing the nation. Brazil women’s team coach Pia Sundhage termed the announcement as ‘historic’.
The CBF stated that the move is “part of the journey of transformation” towards equality in football, which is also the most popular sport in the country.
It is a move that has been appreciated by fans, players, and experts. With all fans calling this a historic move which moves more towards gender quality. Both the men’s and women’s teams have won accolades for their country at respective levels.