'Are woman paid fairly in sports?' is a question that often gets asked. We decided to look a little deeper.

“Never” UFC president Dana White replied when asked whether Women would fight in UFC (Undisputed Fighting Championship). Only years later she became one of the highest paid UFC fighters and one of the highest paid female sportswoman. She then went on to become women’s UFC champion; a UFC icon, her influence has inspired many female MMA fighters that they can be as successful, if not more, than male fighters.

Serena Williams is another example of a woman who broke the glass ceiling. The men and women’s Wimbledon champions both made the same amount of prize money which was £1.88m in the year of 2015. Serena Williams made £17m in 2015 as well. This shows how far women’s paid tennis has come because Billie Jean King won Wimbledon in 1968 for £750 and the men’s champion made £2,000 that year which was a significant gap, the male champion earning more than double.

Jessica Ennis-Hill won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the heptathlon. She was the fourth richest British athlete after the games being worth £5 million and the highest paid female athlete in Britain after the games.

These female athletes were able to narrow the wage gap and in the future they will be able to influence the next generation of females to take part in sports. This would encourage more people to watch them because they would be better athletes. This would encourage more companies to sponsor female athletes and make them more equal to men as male sport is traditionally more popular.

This was produced Jude Dawodu (16) and Sam Brown (17) from Newcastle UK. It was created as part of the Pop Up Newsroom project for International Womens Day on March 8th 2017 #popupiwd #IWD2017