England Women's captain Casey Stoney has become the first female member of the Professional Footballers' Association's management committee.
The 31-year-old joins Liverpool's Kolo Toure, West Ham's Matt Jarvis and Wigan's Grant Holt as new members on the committee.
Stoney, who has won 116 caps for her country, said: "It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed and I'm really looking forward to the new role.
"I want to take women's football forward. This enables us to have a voice for the women's game and spread awareness of the great things the PFA do and can offer."
The England women’s squad have been members of the PFA since 2011, with WSL players joining the union last year.
Stoney told BBC Sport: "From the PFA annual general meeting on Wednesday, women's football was high on the agenda.
"Being on the management committee now, I will try and engage more female members.
"It's a massive step forward for the women's game."