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Professional Women’s Soccer Players Strike for Equal Pay

More than 200 women on 16 professional soccer teams in Spain took part in a strike over fair wages this past weekend.

More than 200 women on 16 professional soccer teams in Spain took part in a strike over fair wages this past weekend. 

Because of the strike, all eight scheduled games this weekend were postponed. The players decided to strike back in October, when negotiations on salary and benefits continually failed to meet their requests. 

The women have been negotiating with the Association of Women’s Football Clubs for a required minimum pay, maternity leave, vacation time, and injury leave. They’ve also asked for approximately 20,000 euros ($22,129 USD), while the clubs are proposing a minimum of 16,000 euros ($17,703 USD). 

The players are represented by the Association of Spanish Footballers union, which posted a video on their social media of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Ainhoa Tirapu and Silvia Meseguer of Atletico Madrid promoting the cause. 

Earlier this year, Australia’s national women’s team won the battle for equal pay and benefits. They ranked 8th in the world while the men’s team ranked 44th. 

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