England’s Lucy Bronze (right) and Spain’s Leila Ouahabi (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017.
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The reality of life as a female sports star.
Several initiatives have been launched to foster a sporting culture more conducive to the involvement of women in South Africa, including new laws. But evidence shows much still needs to be done.
Latrobe Ladies Football Club in 1921, one of Australia’s first women’s football clubs.
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Women's soccer had just found its feet in the roaring '20s when state ruling bodies began to force female players from the field.
The Carlton ladies football team, 1933.
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There has so far been scant understanding of – or credit given to – the historical background to the creation of the AFL women's league.
Rahcael Heyhoe-Flint leading the England women’s cricket team out against Australia at Lords in 1976.
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The former England captain was a towering figure in sport, but her mission to reduce inequality in cricket remains unfinished.
The presidents and commissioners of major sporting organisations such as the International Olympic Committee and FIFA have all been men.
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Women are still grossly underrepresented as chairpeople, directors or chief executives of international sporting bodies, to the great detriment of those sports.
Susan Alberti (left) and Debbie Lee were pivotal to the formation of the national women’s AFL competition.
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Change Agents: Establishing a national women’s football league.
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Andrew Dodd talks to Susan Alberti and Debbie Lee about their fight to overcome prejudice and establish a national women's AFL competition.
Women practise roller derby in Beijing. The aggressive sport is growing in popularity in China.
The United Nations is using an exhibition roller derby match in Beijing as a way of promoting China's groundbreaking domestic violence laws. This fast-paced, full-contact sport is challenging traditional ideas about female athletes.
The Southern Stars celebrate winning the Royal London One Day International Series in 2015.
There's been plenty of commentary about Novak Djokovic's recent remarks on women's bodies and the pay gap in sport. He's right that men and women are different – but female athletes are working a lot harder.
Michelle Payne spoke of horse racing’s chauvinism following her victory on Prince of Penzance in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Almost all of the decision-makers in horse racing are male, and they almost invariably favour their own sex.
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios used an on-court sexual insult against an opponent in a recent match.
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If a misogynistic atmosphere is allowed to prevail in men’s individual and team sports, then all the platitudes about sport being a socially positive force stand exposed.
This is what sexism looks like.
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Leave debates about on-court banter aside and focus on the victim here.
England’s women go pro.
While women achieve great things on field, off-field administrators need to make sure they're supported.
The AFL does best in attracting young women to games and then maintaining their loyalty in later years.
The AFL draws the biggest crowds in the country and its growth has been driven by female fans being drawn to the game and sticking with it as they get older.
Mo'ne Davis riveted the nation last summer with her dominating performance in the Little League World Series.
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The intense spotlight on one female baseball star might lead some to believe that she's the first and only one. She's not.
Inspiring or disappointing?
Sport England has launched This Girl Can – an edgy promotional campaign that seeks to inspire women to challenge cultural assumptions about femininity that prevent them engaging in sport and exercise…
Sporting codes need to maintain their stand opposing violence against women.
Male sports stars perpetrating violence against women is a phenomenon that, sadly, seems to cross both international and sporting borders. In the most recent high-profile case, NFL player Ray Rice was…
A convicted rapist is no role model for this young fan.
The persistence of violence against women across the globe is well documented, but what part do sports play in gendered aggression? It seems shocking to claim that sports and violence against women are…
What if a new competitive sport came along where physiological differences were virtually irrelevant to contest outcomes?
You likely couldn’t outswim Alicia Coutts or Ian Thorpe, or lift half of what Damon Kelly or Seen Lee can, but I bet you could beat them at a videogame. Welcome to e-sports, the future of competitions…
I am woman, hear me FORE!
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The Royal and Ancient golf club in St Andrews has voted to allow women members for the first time in what could prove a major tipping point for the sport. In a ballot of 2,400 members, 85% voted in favour…