World Surf League Guarantees Equal Pay For Men & Women

World Surf League Guarantees Equal Pay For Men & Women

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World Surf League Guarantees Equal Pay For Men & Women

The World Surf League has agreed to pay its athletes, no matter what their gender, equal pay starting January 1st 2019.

The change comes amid a rising tide in action sports to support our female athletes equally both financially and otherwise. Stephanie Gilmore was front and center at press release time and since the announcement, the WSL is winning national headlines for its progressive payroll.

“My brothers and I were raised predominantly by our mom on a small weekly paycheck so it’s refreshing to set an example as a sport for what should be the norm, and not the exception, in society”Kelly Slater

Countless surfers on both male and female applauded the move with the unofficial torch bearer of the sport, Kelly Slater saying, “it’s a great precedent to set in sports and challenges what has been the norm.” Cheers to the WSL for standing for what it believes and correcting an unfair wage gap within the outdoor rec industry.

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Like every female athlete, when you are out there competing, your only focus is on winning. The difference in prize money between men and women never crosses your mind in the heat of competition – you are too busy going all out. Today is a very proud day for me. I’m proud to be a surfer. Proud to be a female surfer. I feel like the momentum in our society to have this conversation is incredible — because it’s not just in surfing, or in sport, that women are fighting for equality. It’s everywhere. And for this announcement to come now, and for it to happen during my career. Thank you @wsl Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world.” #CatchThisWave #EqualByNature #makewavesmovemountains

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It’s an honor to take part supporting the @wsl in announcing prize money pay equality for men and women in surfing. It’s awesome that they’ve taken it upon themselves to step up and make this statement for the collective group. I’m convinced that men want to rule the world to try and impress women! But it’s easier and more flattering to start by treating them as our equals in the workplace. It’ll be interesting to hear people’s comments regarding the topic. I believe it’s a great precedent to set in sports and challenges what has been the norm. My brothers and I were raised predominantly by our mom on a small weekly paycheck so it’s refreshing to set an example as a sport for what should be the norm, and not the exception, in society. #CatchThisWave is the hashtag. Join in the conversation! ✌🏽🏄🏽‍♂️ • • • • After reading comments, people make a lot of valid but, frankly, redundant points about open markets. This isn’t a market dictating who gets paid more for selling goods. This is a choice by the owners of our tour to give equal prize money for equal commitment to the sport and respective careers. Good on ‘em for the gesture and support of the #WomenWhoShred. Maybe anyone who has a problem with it should have to surf against them for rights to an opinion?! 🤷🏽‍♂️👊🏽😀

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