Forbes’ rich list shows sport fails to respect women – let alone pay them properly

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Until women are respected in the same way men are, such lists and the gender pay gap will not shift.

By Kate O’Halloran

Forbes has released its list of the top 100 paid athletes in the world with one glaring omission: not a single woman made the list. This is the first time this has happened since the list was expanded to at least 50 people in 2010. While perhaps unsurprising to some, this stark reality is a reminder of how far sport has to go when it comes to gender equity – and perhaps more important, it suggests that things are getting worse. 

The gender pay gap in sport is well known. Figures from the Sporting Intelligence annual salary survey in November 2017 found that gender inequality is more entrenched in sport than in politics, business, medicine and space exploration. Included in the report was the astonishing fact that the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, who ranked fifth on Forbes’ 2018 list

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