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CONCACAF rep becomes first female elected to regular seat on FIFA’s executive committee

The 6th FIFA Women's Football Symposium - FIFA Women's World Cup 2015

VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 03: Sonia Bien Aime addresses the delagates at the 6th FIFA Women’s Football Symposium at the Hyatt hotel on July 3, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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FIFA’s scandal may have forced soccer’s governing body to take some progressive steps, one which happened over the weekend.

Turks and Caicos Islands federation president Sonia Bien-Aime is the first female to earn a gender-neutral seat on FIFA’s executive board, where she represent the Caribbean.

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The former captain of her national team, the 43-year-old Bien-Aime takes the seat of Jeffrey Webb. Her predecessor was one of the men arrested in late May’s predawn raids.

From the Associated Press:

“Obviously, if there are more women, then we can push a little harder and people will begin to hear us,” she said from Carson, California, during a telephone interview with The Associated Press.


Her new role, which starts with the July 20 executive committee meeting in Zurich, gives her a greater voice for change.

“I hate having to think about quotas, especially when it deals with women and men,” she said. “There’s always an opportunity for more female voices, but I’m not just going to say that just because I’m a woman. But it wouldn’t hurt to have more females involved. I can’t say that there is a need for it, but why not? We’re no different from the men, and I think we can make the same decisions as they can.”

Three cheers for history.

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