She may be the highest paid female footballer in Australia, but Sam Kerr has vowed to continue fighting the good fight for female athletes around the world.
Kerr’s history-making marquee W-League contract was a significant victory for women’s football in Australia, but the disparity between men and women’s salary remains huge in the world game.
In 2017, a salary survey found that Brazilian star Neymar earns the same amount as the combined salaries of each and every player in the top seven women leagues in the world.
But Kerr is adamant that most female footballers don’t want to be paid tens of millions; rather, they’d just like their wages to justify the physical demands of their occupation.
"It’s a subject that we’re never going to get away from," Kerr said. "Some women are still earning below the minimum wage and anyone with a brain knows that’s not right for the amount they give up to play football.
"People think we give up a couple of hours a week to play on the weekend which is all they see on TV, but there’s so much more hard work that goes into it on a daily basis.
"The gap between men and women definitely needs to close, but I still think the public perception is a little off.
"We’re not asking to be paid millions and millions of dollars like men, we just want to be paid fairly and correctly for the amount of work we put in."
The Matildas took matters into their own hands back in 2015 when they boycotted a tour of the USA in the hope of improving player earnings and working conditions.
Throughout the ordeal, Matildas defender Laura Alleway, 25 at the time, revealed she was earning below the minimum wage despite training full time.
While the boycott proved a success for the top Matildas, their new and improved $41,000 average yearly salary still pales in comparison to what players in the men’s national team earn annually.