“There is a global awakening to bridging the gap between men and women’s pay, and the world’s female footballers are leading the way,” said Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) Player Relations Executive Kathryn Gill in a PFA statement.
“True parity can only be achieved through a cultural shift. What has become increasingly evident is that, despite progress, this shift is still some way from occurring with players continually having to take more extreme courses of action to bridge what is simply an unacceptable divide.”
On Thursday (US time), five members of the USWNT – Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe – filed a complaint with the US Equal Opportunity Employment Commissions (EOEC) stating they earned as little as 40 percent of the remuneration provided to the US Men’s National Team.
Matildas co-captain and PFA Matildas Committee Member Clare Polkinghorne has affirmed the full support of the Matildas.
“The US women’s team stood with us during our battle for fairness and we now stand with them,” said Polkinghorne.
“This is not about repaying the favour but doing what is right for the game and the players.”
This echoes the support provided by the US players during the Matildas own dispute with the FFA over remuneration last September 2015 that resulted in Australia cancelling a scheduled two match series with the world champions.
“Sport has the power to play a transformative role for society and it must be seized. We can no longer accept the same excuses,” concluded Polkinghorne.