The ongoing Women’s World Cup has brought to the fore the issue of unequal pay between men and women, which affects virtually every country in the world. Comprehensive reading about the issue can found in Wikipedia here.
In football, Norway and New Zealand are two of the few countries that have ensured (in the last two years) that their female and male players receive the same pay and the same rewards. The reigning World Champions, USA, are currently taking legal action to state their case, whilst in the Netherlands an agreement has been reached to ensure that pay parity is reached by 2023. Read more about these cases here
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reported in 2018 that the global pay gap stands at around 18%. Whilst several countries (notably Luxembourg, Italy and Belgium) have reduced this to 6% or less, there are many others with 30% or more, meaning that in those countries women are earning only 2/3 or less than men. For a list of the “worst offenders”, please check this article from Business Insider.
Whilst there has been progress in recent years towards pay parity, there is still an enormous gap globally, highlighted by an interesting recent article from the UK Guardian focusing on Debunking the Myths. Another article from the Guardian highlights the fact that 8 out of 10 firms pay men more than women in UK.