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Inequality in Argentinian Soccer

Dr. Brenda Elsey
Associated Press

The Associated Press interviewed Brenda Elsey, Associate Professor of Historyfor an article about Argentinian female athletes fighting inequality and sexism in soccer.

The article, which appeared in The New York Times, explains how one athlete, Macarena Sanchez, is taking legal action against the Argentine soccer association. Because they haven’t been granted professional status, female athletes are unable to earn a living wage playing the sport.

Professor Elsey is the co-author of the forthcoming Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America with Joshua Nadel. The book traces the evolution of women’s participation in sports in Latin America, from physical education to amateur clubs to the creation of national teams.

Professor Elsey, who is also co-director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, was the recipient of a Fulbright grant that gave her the opportunity to teach and conduct research in Argentina, focusing on the history of women’s soccer, from the 1930s until present

“There is no possibility, no matter how good a woman is in Argentina today, to make a living from it,” says Dr. Elsey in the article.

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