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Should professional sports organizations pay their male and female athletes the same?

Until relatively recently, professional sports teams and leagues were limited to men. With the passage of Title IX in 1972, which prohibited discrimination based on sex in sports, female professional athletes became more visible and more vocal. While many women’s sports have not yet gained the following and sponsorship money of men’s teams, advocates for gender equity say it is time for female professional athletes to earn the same salaries and benefits as their male counterparts. Should female athletes receive equal pay for equal play?

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Additional resources to think about

Equal Pay for Equal Play: What the Sport of Tennis Got Right
In this article from PBS NewsHour, read how tennis began paying male and female athletes equal prize money, but gender equity continues to be an issue beyond compensation.

Inside the fight for equal pay for female athletes
The Los Angeles Times talks to iconic female athletes about gender disparity in sports.

U.S. Soccer Says Women Don't Deserve Equal Pay Because They Have Less Skill
The U.S. Soccer Federation's counter argument to the players' equal pay demands are outlined in this article from Forbes.

Report finds strides made in women's sports in past few years, but inequality remains
Read an overview from ESPN about the advances and setbacks in pay equity across various sports.

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