Caster Semenya is legally female, was from birth raised as female and identifies as a female.
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Athlete Caster Semenya will need to take hormone-lowering agents, or have surgery, if she wishes to continue her career in her chosen events. But the decision to ban her is flawed on many grounds.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya in the moments before the women’s 800-meter final during the Diamond League athletics event in Doha, Qatar on May 3. The world champion easily won the race, but her future remains in doubt.
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The great South African runner Caster Semenya may have competed in her last 800-metre race. She has been demonized for more than a decade, like many other female athletes before her.
Markham Thunder players celebrate winning the 2018 Clarkson Cup final as champions of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The CWHL has announced it will cease operations.
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When the Canadian Women's Hockey League announced it was folding, it was seen as a setback for women's hockey. But history suggests the death of one hockey league leads to new opportunities.
Susanna Dinnage’s Premier League priority is to reconnect with fans.
Research shows sport is commonly a bastion for male dominance and privilege.
The value of sport.
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As we reach the World Cup's halfway point, we're asking: what is sport worth? On today's episode, we explore the money and diplomatic power plays lingering behind the scenes of every big tournament.
Companies should listen to both male and female employees on this issue and pay attention to any backlash.
Research has found Silicon Valley engineers feared speaking up when they recognise poor behaviour among their male colleagues.
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.
Leader, August 19, 1933
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.