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Feminists Rejoice!!!!! Woo HOOOOOOO

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NotanOtter Thu 22-Feb-07 11:23:53

about time too!

itsmeNDaveP Thu 22-Feb-07 11:24:35

I saw this on the news this morning. Hurrah

edam Thu 22-Feb-07 11:25:20


southeastastra Thu 22-Feb-07 11:26:42

men play for longer though don't they

nearlythree Thu 22-Feb-07 11:27:39

I agree that women should get equal pay, that is so obvious it doesn't need saying.

But I fail to understand why women still only play three sets. That it tantamount to saying they are too frail to last the pace, which is nonsense.

Eleusis Thu 22-Feb-07 11:30:42


slug Thu 22-Feb-07 11:39:09

That will upset Tiger tim Henman, who was firmly against the idea of women getting the same prize money. Shame

Eleusis Thu 22-Feb-07 11:40:08

He's just jealous because he is never going to get it. Loser.

NotanOtter Thu 22-Feb-07 11:41:37

was he slug - how abhorrent

donnie Thu 22-Feb-07 11:42:39

not sure about this: if women play shorter games then surely they should be paid commensurately? if you do more, you get paid more, no?

Although frankly I find tennis dull and tennis players even duller so I'm not that bothered!

Saturn74 Thu 22-Feb-07 11:43:47

games should be the same length then.

Eleusis Thu 22-Feb-07 11:46:27

Do women play shorter games? I thought they just played fewer games?

donnie Thu 22-Feb-07 11:49:31

woman can play two sets but men always play a minimum of three.

Freckle Thu 22-Feb-07 11:52:43

I don't think this does women any favours at all. It's like saying we are worthy of equal money, but not of equal work.

If women want the same money, they should be prepared to do the same work for it - i.e. minimum of 3 sets, max of 5.

mm22bys Thu 22-Feb-07 12:02:27

Agree. Equal pay for equal work. Imagine the uproar if we only worked part-time but still got full-time salaries / wages.

I am all for equality, but if they want the same pay as the men, make them play best of 5 sets too.

Would be very dull though, even alot of the best of 3 sets are so one-sided!

Caligula Thu 22-Feb-07 12:10:24

No, it's acknowledging that men and women are different but equal.

Saying that they should play the same as men do, is like saying that the man's game is the norm. It's not. Women are 50% of the population. And they're different from men, so of course their game is different. Doesn't mean it's inferior though.

paulaplumpbottom Thu 22-Feb-07 12:40:52

This is good news. Its something that has gotten up my nose for a long time.

nearlythree Thu 22-Feb-07 12:50:41

Sorry, but to say that women can't play five stes of tennis just goes back to the dark ages when they weren't allowed to run marathons or even take part in 10,000m or triple jump. If Paula Radcliffe can run a marathon then Amelie Mauresmo can play five sets of tennis. Agree with Freckle, it's women expecting special treatment, not equality.

paulaplumpbottom Thu 22-Feb-07 12:56:47

I do agree that women can play five sets. Women who play tennis are so athletic now. Venus Williams could probably do more than that no bother.

Freckle Thu 22-Feb-07 13:07:11

At the end of the day, tennis is a form of entertainment. Would you expect to pay the same price for a ticket to see a show that only lasted 30 minutes as you would for one which lasts 5 hours? Shows of similar style and entertainment value? No, you wouldn't. You'd expect to pay more for the longer show.

It is the fans who end up paying a large proportion of the winnings and, if I were paying £100 to see a match and were given the choice of a men's match or a women's match, I know which would be better value for money.

TeetheCeeofDavedom Thu 22-Feb-07 13:13:08

I can't believe that this has only just happened. It's just so stupid and archaic to pay women less and give them shorter playing times. It's just pathetic. Oh a woman can go through hours and hours of labour and push a child out of her vag but she can't play a game of tennis for the same length of time as a a man. Oh kiss my arse!

NotanOtter Thu 22-Feb-07 13:15:15

wonder if the 'trophy' will still be a plate

Blu Thu 22-Feb-07 13:18:20

Are Wimbledon tickets cheaper for women's games?

glitterfairy Thu 22-Feb-07 13:19:51

Brilliant news and about time too.

Spidermama Thu 22-Feb-07 13:20:27

Fantastic. About time indeed. In a few years we'll look back and say, 'And do you know, it was only a few years ago that men got paid significantly more than women at wimbledon' and our kids will go

Let's hope employers take a look and it leads the way for a pay revolution which is also ridiculously overdue. Don't get me started on this as I can feel theblood pressure creeping up.

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