Women in Sport Around the World

The status-quo for women in sport today


We’ve come a long way towards equality in sport in recent years, but a gaping void between the sexes remains. The following stats are shocking and it’s hard to believe such inequality remains in 2015. A recent study by the World Economic Forum found that more equality between the sexes in sport, equals more Olympic medals. Time to make a change. 

  • Men get 30% more prize money in sport. The pay gap truly is everywhere. 


  • Just 5% of sports media coverage features women. For proof, see #CoverTheAthlete's amazing video looking at how women’s sport is mishandled in the media. 


  • For every 53 articles written about sporting men, there is one about a woman.


  • Women’s sport receives only 0.5% of the sports world's total sponsorship income (men get 62.1%).


  • Footballer Alex Morgan is the superstar and striker for the US international team and is the highest paid woman in football, earning £1.9million per year. Steph Houghton is England’s highest earning female player and took home £65,000 last year. The highest paid man was Cristiano Ronaldo who earnt more than £50 million last year. Wow.


  • Female representation in the boardrooms of Britain’s publicly funded sports has reached an average of 30 per cent for the first time.


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