The Matildas are absolutely inspiring on the field – and no doubt many children will be encouraged to follow their sporting dreams from watching the Australian team play in the World Cup.
But this group of women are also paving the way for those who come after them off-field.
The Matildas have stood together in union for equal pay, recognition, and conditions.
Just before the Women’s World Cup started the players released a video pushing for equal earnings with male players.
Through their union, the Professional Footballers Association, they’ve secured amazing industrial wins that will make life better for the next generation who wears the green and gold.
Watch the Matilda’s amazing video on improving conditions and pay for both current and future players here, as they say, “This is our legacy”. Players mention that much needs to change for players in the A-League as well:
Soccer isn’t the only Australian sporting code to secure union wins lately.
NRL and NRLW players also championed rights through collective bargaining after they flagged intended industrial action. Now they have reached an in-principle Agreement with the NRL.
It pays to be union – no matter where you live or where you work.
You can also achieve great things by standing together with those you work with.
Share the videos and the Matilda’s and NRL and NRLW union wins, and ask a colleague to join you, because whether you work on a soccer field or in an office, we truly are stronger standing side-by-side as a team.