Addressing the responsibility of being a parent
“The only way to fix this is to address the gender disparity in the responsibility of being a parent and an athlete, especially in the dangerous sports.”
In February 2022, the Women’s Super League announced a landmark agreement on maternity leave. Under the agreement, a player taking maternity leave will be paid 100% of her weekly wage, as well as any other remuneration and benefits, for the first 14 weeks before dropping to the statutory rate.
Thomas Barnard explained that “this demonstrates the influence that governing bodies and leagues have over important issues, like family planning and employment rights. Changes in regulations can make a massive difference to the lives of players”.
But, interestingly, Maggie Murphy noted that governing bodies and leagues need to consider the challenges that clubs could face when implementing new rules. After all, the cost of the maternity leave falls to the club, not the governing body or league.