Forbes has released its latest estimate of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes, and to the public’s dismay, it includes absolutely no women.
As CNBC notes, last year, tennis icon Serena Williams was the only woman to make the cut, but she fell short this time around after taking time off from playing to give birth and care for her infant daughter.
While she still raked in a whopping $18 million in sponsorships during the down time, it wasn’t quite enough to earn her a spot on the list.
Granted, Forbes admits that its list has “long been testosterone-heavy,” but it is shocking to not see any women at all as there had typically been between one and three women included since 2010.
Forbes calculated its list based on prize money, salaries, and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017 and June 1 of this year. Endorsement incomes within the same time frame were later added in as well.
Ironically, while women are totally absent from the list, known misogynist and accused domestic abuser Floyd Mayweather tops it. The now-retired boxer brought in an estimated $285 million in the last year.
Although this marks the fourth time in seven years that Mayweather led the pack on Forbes’ list, nearly all of his earnings this past year came from his highly publicized match with UFC fighter Conor McGregor back in August 2017, which Mayweather won.
While gender pay inequality is certainly nothing new, it's still baffling that even women making millions of dollars are trailing behind their male counterparts.
Forbes' male-dominated list is yet another sign that it's high time we get serious about closing the gender wage gap once and for all.