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No women reside in the top 100 highest paid athletes

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No women reside in the top 100 highest paid athletes

Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson

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There has always been a large wage gap between male and female professional athletes. According to Forbes, not one woman claims a spot in the top 100 highest paying athletes.

The wage gap between men and woman has been an issue, and it’s still dominating athletics. Male athletes are getting paid loads more than any female athlete. How is that equal? The answer is simple, it’s not. The USA women’s soccer team was awarded $2 million for winning first place in the women’s world cup, their third year in a row winning this title.

Though this may seem like a lot, the USA men’s soccer team was awarded a hefty $9 million after losing in round sixteen.

It’s estimated that those in the National Basketball Association make 100 times more money than Women’s National Basketball Association players. The wage gap between genders is insane, and completely unfair to female athletes.

Contributor to Forbes, Kim Elsesser, points out the top 10 highest paid female athletes made a total of $105 million combined, while the top three highest paid males each individually earned over $105 million.

The pay difference between male and female athletes is inherently unequal. What happened to the idea of comparable worth?

Merriam-Webster defines comparable worth as “the concept that women and men should receive equal pay for jobs calling for comparable skill and responsibility.”

The hard work both male and female athletes put into developing their skills takes a lifetime, yet it’s the male gender that is being awarded more so than women.

There is no reason or excuses for the immense wage gap between these athletes. Both genders have worked endlessly to get where they are and they should all be awarded and paid the respectable amount.

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