Here’s What England’s Women’s Football Team Actually Do
The Debrief: The FA tweeted - then deleted - a comment saying that women football players can now return to their family duties. So here's what they've achieved that isn't all family family blah blah blah...
Following a sexist tweet from the FA’s Twitter account which suggested that women’s foremost role is within the family, we thought it could be fun to take a look at the other things to celebrate about England’s female footballers. And we’re not just talking about footballing achievements; we’re talking about jobs. Yes, because unlike male footballers female footballers sometimes have jobs, too!
Even if England had won the World Cup (they came in third place after a heartbreaking own goal in the semis then a successful play-off against Germany), they still would have been paid less than the men’s worst team in the equivalent competition.
The lack of sponsorship behind the 2015 Women’s Football World cup is in spite of its viewing figures breaking records, and also means that female footballers need to try that much harder to get by while pursuing their athletic careers.
So instead of being mothers, wives and children, these are just some of the jobs oodles of the England Women’s team do, or just some of their incredible achievements.
Lecturer and coach, has a degree in sports science and nutrition
Writes a weekly women’s football column for the Morning Star, has started The Alex Scott Academy’ along with Kingston College and Puma, to help girls aged 16-19 get into football
Overcame three ACL injuries to make it to the women’s World Cup
Named in The Independent’s Pink List as one of the most important LGBT people in 2012, is perhaps the UK's only out lesbian in the public sphere under 40 to speak publicly about having a child with her wife, Megan Harris, which makes them both role models to oodles of young queer women.
Set up a homeless charity after being homeless for six years
Captained England’s under 17 team at age 14!
Had TWO holes in her heart, which she overcame within two weeks after corrective surgery. And now she’s a world-class athlete.
She’s in the middle of training to become a beautician
She’s been a BBC TV football pundit since 2007 and coaches young people
Has a first class degree from Brunel, contributes to Yin and Yang, a pop culture website, and was the first woman to appear on Match of the Day’s pundit panel on 28th September 2014 (yes, it was as recent as that)
As for the England players who aren’t on this list? Some of them are pretty heroic, simply being able to reach such dizzying heights of world athleticism on a paltry salary.
Well done, England women’s football team, and may you continue to do incredible stuff regardless of how many children and partners you happen to have.
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