In 2007, Wimbledon announced that women’s tennis players would receive equal prize money to the men’s. Tennis great, Venus Williams wrote an essay in The Times of London titled “Wimbledon Has Sent Me a Message: I’m Only a Second Class Champion.”
She made a failed plea the night before she won the title in 2005 and many believe she began the movement for equal pay within the tournament.
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The United States women’s soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation, an escalation in their increasingly public battle for equality.
The W.N.B.A. All-Star who plays for the Dallas Wings, recently appeared in a commercial to raise awareness about pay inequity.
Paving the way for female boxers including; Claressa Shields, Savannah Marshall and Katie Taylor, Jane Couch was fearless and earned her career the hard way. With no money, no respect and no chance to shine on the big stages, Couch, became the first boxer in history to win world titles at three separate weights after just 10 professional fights. She won two consecutive gold medals at the Olympics and fought 78 amateur fights, losing only one.
Named “Performer of the Year” in 2017, Sports Illustrated called Moore the greatest winner in the history of women’s basketball. She has since taken a sabbatical to work with charitable, and social reform organizations.
Female darts player and the first woman to beat a man at the PDC World Championship.
The first women to act as a Head Coach of an NBA Team. Hammon became the first women to coach a major league team in 2020, leading the San Antonio Spurs after previous coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in the first half. She described this career move as “A substantial moment” after her first game in the role.
As the five-times Champions League winner, and the competition’s all-time top-scorer, and despite having scored 23 goals in 18 appearances in the first half of last season, she has been omitted from the shortlists for individual awards. Largely known for speaking out against the unequal opportunities for girls and boys to play football Ada stepped back from playing for her Norwegian national team in 2017. Speaking publicly about wanting to see a greater commitment to female football in Normal from the federation she spoke about; women and girls being forced to wait to use pitches, boots arriving for a tournament late and the wrong sizes whilst boys’ teams playing on the best pitches.