“It’s a boys’ game”
is a refrain that is often repeated to young sportswomen. But what happens when a girl feels passionate about football?
Football is one of the most popular female sports, with about 30 million girls and women playing it worldwide. But in several countries, girls are not allowed to play. In others, they are discriminated against or accused of being manly. Most come up against cultural stereotypes, even at an institutional level.
Even once they are at the top of the game, women footballers earn much less than their male counterparts. We spoke to well-established and aspiring female footballers in Africa, Europe and Latin America, using football as a starting point to explore many of the underlying issues behind gender inequality.