Thursday, February 22, 2007

At long last, Wimbledon to offer equal prize money

This morning, the All-England Club announced it was finally bucking "tradition" and paying women equal prize money, beginning this year. A major shout-out here to Venus Williams, who single-handedly shamed the All-England Club with her kick-ass 2006 London Times editorial, "Wimbledon has sent me a message: I'm only a second-class champion," which is, sadly, no longer online.

And before anyone even dares to go there:

  • If men are stronger than women (and they are, of course) then their playing five sets is equal to women playing three sets, so the "the men work harder" argument is totally irrational.
  • However...just to shut everyone up, the women on the WTA have repeatedly offered to play five sets, and have been turned down again and again.

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