By Elliott Almond | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm | UPDATED: February 15, 2019 at 2:45 am Inspired by big-wave women surfers securing the same prize money as men, California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require equal purses for all athletes competing on state property used for recreation. The bill, co-authored by San Diego assemblywomen Tasha Boerner Horvath and Lorena Gonzalez, is a continuing effort to challenge the once-accepted practice in sports of paying women less than men. But in an interesting political twist, lawmakers are borrowing the surfers’ strategy for an issue that also has confronted Hollywood, Silicon Valley and other workplaces in the #MeToo era. “We would never say in any space public or private, it’s OK to pay women less than men,” Boerner Horvath said Thursday in a phone interview. “When we look at these athletes, this is their place of work. This is where they earn their money and where they perform.” The bill would codify a State Lands Commission ruling last year that included pay equity as a condition for granting a permit to the Mavericks big-wave contest near Half Moon Bay that will be held… Read full this story
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