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Women’s tennis leads the way for fair pay in sports

1 Jul

Somewhere in the world a little girl is dreaming of holding a giant trophy in her hands and being viewed as an equal to boys who have similar dreams.” –Venus Williams

This week, FIFA Women’s World Cup opened in Germany for about three weeks and this is only its sixth edition.  On the other hand, the FIFA World Cup, which, unlike its lady counterpart, requires no gender in its title, has been going on since 1930.  It’s all part of a pattern that has emerged in sports. The WNBA started in 1996, National Pro Fastpitch (softball) in 1997, Lingerie Football League in 2001, Women’s Boxing Championships in 2001, and Women’s Professional Soccer (USA) in 2009.  It has taken women a while to get their own sports leagues and they still are not getting paid nearly  as much as their male counterparts.

There is, however, one exception: tennis.

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