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‘Winning netball gold is a game changer’: Housby basks in surprise win

Goal scorer Helen Housby hopes Commonwealth triumph will lead to boost for her sportIt’s one week on from the sensational last-second goal that could change English netball for ever. Scorer Helen Housby has hardly removed her Commonwealth gold medal. I…

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Should women athletes sue the networks for equal coverage?

Women are conditioned to accept what’s given to them and women athletes are no exception. It’s time for a changeDuring the wildly exciting Women’s Final Four earlier this month, the sports economist David Berri and I were speaking on the phone about th…

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From surfing to tennis, sportswomen still face sexualised media coverage

Stories that objectify female sports stars often run under the guise of female empowerment. But branding some sports as ‘sexy’ means women’s talent is overlookedLast week a story about surfer Sophie Hellyer challenging the sexist nature of her sport wa…

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British woman breaks Atlantic rowing record months after brain surgery

Kiko Matthews becomes fastest female to row solo across Atlantic after 50 days at seaA former teacher who survived two tumours and a life-threatening illness has become the fastest woman to row solo across the Atlantic.Kiko Matthews arrived in Barbados…

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Tonga bans schoolgirls from rugby and boxing ‘to preserve dignity’

Order from education minister criticised as sexist, but government blames disruption caused by Cyclone GitaThe Tongan government has banned schoolgirls from playing rugby or boxing because the sports are deemed undignified and not in keeping with the i…

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Child’s tears spark weightlifting protest that raises bar for Iran’s sportswomen

Officials are finally allowing females to compete after the banning of two young girls caused global embarrassmentIf you are good at weightlifting in Iran, you can become as rich as a Premier League footballer. The country boasts 300 professional weigh…

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How can women’s sport become equal to men’s? Through bravery | Catherine Spencer

As former captain of the England rugby team, I can see that a vicious circle of underinvestment must be brokenIf I had a pound for every time I have been asked what barriers women face in sport, I would be a rich woman by now. As it is, I remain a woma…

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The unequal battle: privilege, genes, gender and power | @Anna_Kessel

The tense debate around Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand demonstrate the intersection between race, gender and medical imperialismWhen I was eight years old I visited South Africa, my dad’s homeland, for the first time. I’ll never forget flying into Jo’b…

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F1 to stop using ‘grid girls’ in next world championship season

‘Grid girls’ are models used in promotional tasks like holding umbrellas or driver name-boardsFormula One is to stop using “grid girls” at the start of the next world championship season, the organisation has announced, as the practice is “at odds with…

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‘I was number one. And they wanted me to wear a crop top’: cleaning up UK sport

The sportspeople fighting for a level playing field• The campaigners shaking up film and TV• The MP activists cleaning up Westminster• Actors, directors and producers changing theatre• Fighting the supermarkets for equal paySport is going through a pro…

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‘I smile a lot more’: Jelena Dokic finds strength after adversity

Former tennis star’s book documents abuse she endured from her father, but Dokic is finding support all around, including from Nick Kyrgios’s mumJelena Dokic has succeeded in getting the tennis world talking, on a topic people find notoriously hard to …

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Saudi football stadium welcomes women for first time

Al-Ahli v Al-Batin match at Jeddah stadium makes history as first to allow women to sit in designated family standsSaudi women have attended a football match in Saudi Arabia for the first time, as part of reforms spearheaded by the kingdom’s crown prin…

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‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017 and pointed to the future

The Adelaide Crows broke the dam wall and the Matildas had a year of unrivalled highlights but pay disparity remains• Sam Kerr: ‘Everyone wants to jump on board and be a Matildas fan’With three seconds remaining on the clock and Brisbane trailing by a …

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Chess champion to miss Saudi Arabia tournament over women’s rights

Anna Muzychuk won’t defend her titles because she doesn’t want to be treated like a ‘secondary creature’Two-time world chess champion Anna Muzychuk has said she will not attend a tournament held in Saudi Arabia because of the way the kingdom treats wom…

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‘I’ve a new lease of life’: why women are turning to cricket in droves

Bowled over by the success of the England women’s team, thousands of women and girls have been taking up the sport this yearShilly Pancholi remembers playing cricket as a little girl. Well, more specifically, watching her dad and brother from the outfi…

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‘I’ve a new lease of life’: why women are turning to cricket in droves

Bowled over by the success of the England women’s team, thousands of women and girls have been taking up the sport this yearShilly Pancholi remembers playing cricket as a little girl. Well, more specifically, watching her dad and brother from the outfi…

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Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums as reform push intensifies

Announcement that sporting events will be open to women for first time comes a month after historic decision to allow women to driveSaudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a land…

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we should all support women’s football | Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Women’s football is now the country’s fourth-largest participation sport. So why is it still so underfunded and ignored?

When I started playing football as an adult, at the beginning of university age 17, I was having panic attacks. It would be perhaps midway through the game, when I was out of breath after a fast sprint and, usually, when I had either messed up a crucial play, or felt so tired that I was worried that I would mess up the next move.

Each time, my teammates would rally around me, get me water, teach me how to breathe in a way that would reduce the symptoms. After a while, I stopped having panic attacks altogether. The Sunday afternoons I spent with my football team were some of the happiest and purest of my life so far – a genuine safe space filled with laughter and good exercise, plus a bit of drama when it came to taking on other university teams. I played 11-a-side matches for my full three years at university, leaving with stronger legs and friendships than many of my peers.

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Women’s rugby World Cup final gets primetime slot as popularity grows

Rise of Red Roses shows shifting culture of rugby as tens of thousands of women and girls take up the sport at grassroots level

Rather than Catchphrase, ITV viewers will see England’s Red Roses take on New Zealand in the women’s rugby World Cup final on Saturday night, underlining the sport’s soaring popularity.

It is the first time the final, being played in Belfast’s Kingspan stadium, has won a primetime slot on Britain’s most popular commercial channel and caps a triumphant summer for England’s female rugby players.

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Clearing the hurdles: why we’re keeping the spotlight on women’s sport

Women’s sport has been reaching new audiences in recent months. Now, we want to maintain that momentum beyond the big moments

Eight years ago, when I was sports news correspondent for this newspaper, I found myself hastily dispatched to Helskini to speak to England’s women footballers. They had reached the final of Euro 2009 and, a successful England team being a welcome novelty, we wrote of the hope that their success would change perceptions of women’s sport in this country.

Similar predictions were made after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover took Britain’s first gold during that shimmering London 2012 summer, when the Lionesses came third in the 2015 World Cup in Canada, or after nine million people watched Britain’s heart-stopping hockey victory to win gold in Rio. Yet change remained incremental rather than incredible.

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