Rio TJohnson:Reward? Female Rugby stars ‘deserve more money’

The women’s game is still catching up with the men in terms of pay parity, though one of its pioneering players hopes that will change. Things still hasn’t changed when it comes to women, we are still fighting for a pay raise in every job aspect, when clearly women perform better than men in every aspect of the business world but we still are cut short of our worth.

“The girls need to be endorsed,” Australia’s former World Cup- winning captain Cheryl McAfee told CNN’S World Rugby show. Stereotypes showing that women have to voice an opinion to be heard, we have to demand for things to be done for us.

“They get out bed every day with bumps and bruises, but they grind it every day and they work really hard and they deserve more money.” The stereotype shown is women are working hard everyday with limited pay and it showing that our grind is precious and we should be rewarded for how hard we work.

Example was given of the salaries between men and women: The Average Salary in the Australian women’s squad is reportedly around $41,000- which includes a base wage as well as tax-free contributions from the Australian Sports Commission and world series win bonuses, which are also tax free. This was further boosted by $15,000 for winning Olympic gold.

extra example: The top three or four women in the squad earn between $60,000-$68,000. The men’s seven players, meanwhile, average around $56,000 according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Both examples shows you how they take women sports as a joke and hold men to a higher degree than women. Oh! The men sport is serious, they deserve the money. Women don’t take the sport of Rugby serious so why should they be paid more. People pay more to watch men horseplay around on a field before they pay more to watch women.

Talks are ongoing between the Australian Rugby Union and the Players’ union, which is seeking pay parity for the women. CNN has contacted the ARU for comment.

The English Rugby Union announced before the Olympics it will be awarding 16 full-time contracts to its key women’s players ahead of next year’s 15-a-side World Cut title defense. I hope to see a higher pay raise since you’re going to recruit and contract more women.



T.Johnson: Female Soccer Player Donates Brain

Brandi Chastain scored the winning shootout goal in the 1999 Women’s World Cup finale. Chastain has decided to donate her brain to Boston University for research on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy also known as CTE. She’s currently coaching at Santa Clara University helping soccer players to avoid concussions. In soccer heading is responsible for approximately a third of all concussions. Statistics show girls were more likely to experience concussions than boys.

            The article shows a picture of Chastain with her fist balled up, her shirt was taken off, and she fell to the floor. This picture was known for one of the greatest moments in U.S women’s sports. She looks masculine and not lady like.

            What if we flip the script and turned this article into one that puts a man in her position? I learned the article wouldn’t be focused on her picture when she’s looking masculine. It wouldn’t be considered the second most iconic cover of all time by Sports Illustrated. You expect a man to whip off his shirt, ball his fist and yell with excitement in sports.  The substituting the genders did show me more of the stereotypes. 

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L, Nelson: Athlete or Sex Symbol?

Isobel Pooley, a British high jumper, is training to earn herself a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is a 22-year old silver medalist who has won for England and has recently set a new British record in outdoor competitions. Although she is a successful, young woman, Pooley endures her own struggles with being a female athlete. She stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, and people cannot seem to stop talking about it.

According to BBC Sports, Pooley says, “People always call me massive. They are just so rude without realizing it. It is not to okay to stop and stare.” Women are constantly reminded of what traits are considered beautiful and which are not. The standard of beauty is different in different parts of the world, but it can also be the same for certain groups of women. Female athletes with strong bodies are often called manly-looking and unattractive. These women include tennis players and basketball players. This sterotypes them because not all athletic women have strong body structures. An athlete’s body is something that takes time to carve and shape and many of them are judged by the media for not looking feminine or soft enough. Their job is to workout, train, and play sports; developing a muscular, toned body is natural.

Sexism is huge in sports. Many believe a muscular body is more becoming for a man and that a woman’s body should show curves. A woman’s body is always critiqued, but it is rare to see news about people critizing a man’s image.The comments that were made towards Pooley would not have been said to her if she was a male athlete.

Media outlets find it easier to target and attack a woman because it will not start the same war it might with a man. This shows sexism because it makes women look weak. Women have many expectations about what their body’s should look like. reported that most men voted that the attractive height for a woman is no taller than 5’5. Pooley states, “I am here to break records, not look sexy. I have self-confidence, and my height and negative comments do not determine how I feel about myself or my work.”