This Monday marks a day for gender equality in sport.
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This Monday, May 23, International Women’s Football Day is commemorated.a day promoted since 2015 by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF) to promote the practice of football among women around the world and contribute to gender equality.
Precisely, the celebration coincides with what could be one of the greatest advances made on the subject: the equality achieved by the players of the United States. The opportunity to take stock of the direction that women‘s football should take.
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Equal salary, equal conditions, compensation for long-term injuries and psychological problems, distribution of World Cup prizes and income from sponsors. American “soccer” has taken a step forward and recently signed a historic agreement for a collective bargaining agreement that guarantees equal treatment on the country’s professional soccer teams for women and men.
The fight led by stars of the United States women’s team like Megan Rapinoe or Alex Morgan, who in 2016 opened a lawsuit before the American Equal Employment Opportunity and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for wage discrimination, had had a price . Early last Wednesday, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Chicago-based body in charge of soccer in the country since 1913, announced the first collective bargaining agreement that guarantees equal pay and sets a new global standard.
“If a group of players had not had the courage to open a dispute against their own employer, we would never have achieved this feat,” recalled Becca Roux, director of the team’s players’ association. United States Women’s National during a press conference.
“It’s everyone’s victory. Hopefully it marks the movement in general, I hope it affects not just football but sport and society.”added Cindy Parlow Cone, President of the USSF.
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The agreement was signed by the USSF and the American players’ associations and runs until 2028. It provides not only for equal pay and prizes but also for an identical mechanism for sharing the commercial revenues of the two teams. No football federation is currently offering to match the earnings of their men’s and women’s national teams for participation in their respective World Cups.
Among the priorities is also support for players who have children during their professional career. In this sense, the agreement provides that “those who must take leave due to pregnancy or to care for a newborn or an adopted child will continue to be compensated with an agreed amount for a period of time maximum of six months. They will also benefit from medical, dental and vision insurance through the USSF, in addition to the “401K” retirement program, a US system that provides additional financial assistance from companies to workers facing the end of their professional career. .
Players, like men, will have forms of compensation for the injuries they suffer related to football and also for the psychological problems caused by their profession. Added to this is the important “Safe Working Environment” section: the agreement provides for a protection system to prevent the risk of harassment and inappropriate behavior. In this direction, players will be able to periodically give opinions on the treatment they receive, also anonymously, to protect their dignity and privacy..
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