It is arguably common knowledge that men, in a majority of professions, receive a higher salary than their female co-workers. In the United States, women typically earn 78% of what males in the same profession earn, and the severity of the wage gap in terms of professional athletics requires acknowledgement and furthermore thorough consideration in order to re-instate equilibrium between men and women in sports.
According to http://sportsmanagement.adelphi.edu/resources/infographics/a-look-at-male-and-female-professional-athlete-salaries/, male athletes make significantly more money than women competing in the same sports.
Consider the following:
- Professional male basketball players (NBA), on average, earn a salary of $4,5000.00 per season – professional female basketball players (WNBA), on average, earn a salary of $107,000 per season
- Professional male golfers (PGA), on average, receive a salary of $973,000 per season – professional female golfers (LPGA), on average, receive a salary of $162,000 per season
- Professional male soccer players (MLA), on average, earn a salary of $207,831 per season – professional female soccer players (NWSL), on average, earn a maximum salary of $30,000, and can make as little as $6,000 per season
Tennis is one sport in which female players typically earn a greater seasonal salary than male players, with female athletes (WTA), on average, earning $345,000 and male athletes (ATP), on average, earning $260,000. However, when considered in a broader spectrum, top female tennis players still make less than top male tennis players, earning approximately 54% of what the top male player makes per season.
It is no secret that female athletes throughout history have encountered endless scrutiny and sexism in regards to their designated sport. Women athletes are constantly stereotyped as being less capable and less skilled when compared to male athletes competing in the same sport, and it is arguable that these discriminatory and sexist stereotypes have perpetuated the societal acceptance and apparent normalcy of the wage gap between men and women in athletics.
I personally find these statistics to be unacceptable, and while I am unsure of how long it will take to achieve equal pay between men and women in all professions, I doubt that the wage gap between male and female athletes will be tolerated for much longer.