So you're wondering who the highest paid female athletes are? Let's get in to it!
The topic of women’s pay in professional sports is not a new conversation, but it's gained quite a bit of traction over the last few decades. Billie Jean King brought the issue to national light in the early 1970s, and since then progress has been recorded to varying degrees across women’s sports. While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is clear that the activism, both in the past and present, has moved this issue to the forefront and change may be on the horizon.
Many of the highest paid female athletes are tennis players, largely due to King’s activism that led to the U.S Tennis Association offering equal prize money to male and female competitors since 1973, making it the first sporting event to do so. Tennis star Naomi Osaka – who is featured in our list of recent U.S. Open Champions – topped the list of highest paid female athletes this year.
Below is a list of the five highest paid female athletes in 2023: