The positive change in attitude to women’s football has been a long time coming according to Albion defender Dan Burn.
Women standing up for the rights of their teammates is something to be incredibly proud of according to Burn, who was speaking as football celebrates International Women’s Day.
“The woman that inspires me at the moment is Megan Rapinoe. The work they are doing in the USA in terms of equal rights and equal pay between the men’s and the women’s team is massive. It’s good have role models like that.
“The USA women’s team is one of the most successful sports teams in the country’s history. For any young women looking to go into sport, to have people to aspire to be like and know that they’ll fight your corner is really important.
“I have got a two-year-old daughter and I love the fact that if she wanted to be a footballer that she would have people to look up to like Megan.”
Burn puts a lot of the change in attitude in England down to the World Cup in 2018.
“I watched a lot of the games and one of those was the England against France match. Just to see the buzz as the country really got behind the team.
“The standard of the Women's Super League (WSL) is getting better and better. Every season, if you look at the pull of the league, they're attracting better and better players including some of the top Americans this season. Our women’s team are doing really well and beat Chelsea last month. I think it’s a good time to be a woman in sport.
“You can see how quickly the women’s game is changing. The standard and the attendances and interest level are going up. It’s something that’s definitely on the rise.”
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