FIRST CLASS OLYMPIANS: MEN ONLY
Japan’s hugely-successful women’s soccer team has just arrived in London for the 2012 Olympics, flying in the comfort of Premium Economy.
However, as the SMH reported this morning, the lower-ranked male team travelled in Business Class.
Though the Japanese women’s team are only semi-professional players, Homage Sawa, the 2011 FIFA women’s world player of the year has spoken out against the unfair treatment of the female players, telling reporters they should be treated as equal to the men’s team.
Apparently our Aussie women’s basketball team experienced similar treatment. While the Boomers men’s team flew Business to London, the Opals travelled in Premium Economy.
They declined to comment on record, but according to the SMH report, “they do not like it and say such inequality has been a long-standing source of contention.”
As professional athletes, these women are ‘at work’.
The Hoopla wants to know: Have you ever experienced gender bias of this nature in your workplace? What happened?