Seamer Kate Cross hopes victory in the upcoming Ashes series in Australia will strengthen the case for England players to be awarded central contracts.
Cricket Australia recently announced a restructure of its contract system.
"Technically they're full-time, and we're not quite there with the ECB yet, but it's going in the right direction," Cross, 22, told BBC Radio Manchester.
Lancashire bowler Cross is part of the squad that will defend the Ashes in a seven-game series starting in January.
Australia's players have the potential to be some of the highest-paid female athletes in their country after the changes that were approved in May, which could see them earn in excess of AUS$70,000 (around £40,000) per year.
The current England squad are not contracted to the England and Wales Cricket Board, but many are employed as coaching ambassadors for theChance to Shine project, which is aimed at getting more youngsters playing the sport.
That system allows elite England players to combine their respective international careers with earning a living.
"The progress we've made in the last five or 10 years with the women's game is due to the progression that the team's making and the performances that the girls are putting in," continued Cross. "That's mostly down to the hard work and the passion that the girls have
"There's not as much money in it for the girls, but you can see with the performances that it's just pure passion from the girls, and them actually wanting to be there and playing."
Cross impressed during England's recent tour of the Caribbean, appearing in three one-day internationals and one T20 match against the West Indies, but she admitted that her Ashes call-up was something of a surprise.
"There's big competition for places and there are a lot of girls coming back from injury, so I didn't know what was going to happen when I got the call on Sunday," she said.
"It's a great opportunity to be able to go over to Australia and play in the Ashes. It's the pinnacle of cricket and it was fantastic to hear [of her selection]."
England, captained by Charlotte Edwards, were victorious against Australia earlier this year by a 12-4 scoreline - the series being decided by a points system, combining results from all three formats of the game.