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Brazil’s National Women’s Team Gains Equal Pay…Sort of

Last week, CBF President Rogério Caboclo announced that the Women’s national team will receive the same compensation as the men’s team. The decision will apply to both match fees, match bonuses, daily allowances, and Olympic prize money. Other countries that were jointly announced in the decision include Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and the UK.

This relatively simple action marked a desperately needed shift in professional sports where the pay gap between gendered teams has been under the spotlight. It’s an issue that affects women in Latin America across all sectors, particularly when measured by labor participation and wage earnings. Brazilian women in particular are at a 35% disadvantage in labor participation and are only half as likely to earn the same as a man in wages.

What the announcement doesn’t address is the difference between prize money earned in the world cup. Last year’s women’s teams competed in a $30 million prize pool compared to the men’s $400 million pool. Equal daily allowances and match bonuses for women are incredibly small considering the millions in prize earnings they’re missing out on.

Last year’s world cup had over 1 billion total viewers and the final between the United States and the Netherlands was the most-watched women’s final ever. The USWNT also filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March of last year calling for equal pay. A federal judge later dismissed the majority of the lawsuits claims involving payment compensation.

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