Is this history in the making? Jubilation soars through England today after the Lionesses take the Matildas by storm in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-finals. But is all this bigger than just football?
Epic semi-final is new era for women’s sport
Is this history in the making? Jubilation soars through England today after the Lionesses take the Matildas by storm in the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-finals. But is all this bigger than just football?
On Wednesday, England's women's team took on Australia and won dramatically. It is the first time that any English team, male or female, has reached the finals of the World Cup since 1966. They will go up against Spain in the finals on Sunday.
Women football players get paid less than their male counterparts, tend to attract smaller audiences, and get less coverage in the media. This is the case even as England's Lionesses arguably perform far better than its male team, winning the Euros last year and now progressing to the finals in the World Cup.
Women were banned from playing football for long periods of history. It was seen as a masculine sport which could damage their bodies. Now, we are moving steadily towards equality in sports.
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Some say we are too far away for it to make a difference. They point out that male players are paid on average 100 times more than female players at the same level.
But others believe that the success of the Lionesses will help to push the cause of equality, proving that women's football can match or even outperform the men's sport.
Is this history in the making?
Yes! For so long, women's right to play sports was restricted. Yesterday, the teams proved themselves in front of the whole world.
No! Equality is about more than just playing good games. It is about fair pay, investment and coverage in the media.