Not Always Equal

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What does “equal pay for equal work” mean? It means that two individuals should be paid identically, if they perform similar jobs and work for the same amount of hours. Everyone should be treated equally in the work place, no matter their gender or race, if the playing fields in which they are participating are equal. This refers to a controversial topic: should male and female tennis players receive the same prize money if the playing fields are not equal? Females compete for less time than the men do, yet get paid an equal amount. Men should be earning more money than women in the sport of tennis if “equal pay for equal work” was really being applied. The men and women’s tours are completely separate entities, with different schedules and different sponsors, for all of except six tournaments throughout the tennis season, in which they compete at the same venues. The Grand Slams: the Australian Open, the French Open, the
Wimbledon Championships and the US Open, comprise four of these six tournaments and are the holy grails of the sport. The winner has a daunting task of winning seven matches over a twoweek period against the best players in the world. The incredibly rewarding financial prize that is rewarded to the champions at the end of the two weeks is identical between the men and the women. There would not be a problem or an opposing argument against women receiving equal pay at the Grand Slams if the playing fields were the same. The problem is that the playing fields are not equal. The men have to win three out of five sets each match they play. The women only have to win two out of three sets. Looking at the last four grand slam events that were played, the men had to play far more tennis. The champions on the men’s side, Roger Federer and Juan

Martin Del Potro, had to play a total of ninety-eight sets. The champions on the women’s…...

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