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The Level Playing Field
Monica Gonzalez
MexicoGALLERYCONVERSATION
Growing up in Texas, I always embraced my Mexican heritage and am proud to be a Mexican American. Frankly, I never imagined that I’d end...
In 1998, I was in the developmental system for the Under-21 U.S. National Team when I received an invite to tryout for the newly formed Mexican National Team.
Currently in Mexico, there are few girls’ sports leagues, few college scholarships available and little effort to fight for equal funding of men’s and women’s soccer within the Mexican Soccer Federation. Until recently, the population-at-large barely took notice of our team. It doesn’t help that fathers are often overly protective of their daughters and are reluctant to allow them to play in a “male” game.
My Mexico team has improved tremendously in seven years and continues to receive funding, but there remains a major disparity between the earnings of male and female national team players. Our federation is extremely reluctant to pay us anything. When we are “in-camp” we get paid absolutely nothing whereas the men receive $150 U.S. dollars per day. When we are traveling abroad we are paid $25 for each day compared to $150 that the men receive.
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