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Saudi woman to drive Formula One car to mark end of ban

Aseel Al Hamad to take lap of Le Castellet circuit ahead of French Grand PrixAseel Al Hamad is to make a further breakthrough for Saudi Arabian women by driving a Formula One car ahead of the French Grand Prix. The lap of the Le Castellet circuit comes…

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Wimbledon ‘has made no progress’ on male bias on top show courts

Exclusive: research finds significantly more men’s than women’s tennis seen on Centre and No 1 since 1993Wimbledon is behind the times when it comes to gender parity with a distinct lack of progress on affording women equal time on the championships’ m…

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How Russia 2018 is inspiring more women to go to football games

Fans say atmosphere at World Cup is much more positive and inclusive than domestic gamesIn the shadow of The Motherland Calls, the world’s tallest sculpture of a woman, Anna, 28, was having a stroll in Volgograd before the World Cup game between Englan…

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‘Jacqui took a bullet for us’: the women with key World Cup reporting roles

There will be more women than ever before broadcasting to British homes from RussiaIn 2007, when Jacqui Oatley became Match of the Day’s first female commentator, one tabloid newspaper greeted the news with the headline “From Motty to Totty”, which the…

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Wimbledon confirms it has no plans to rebrand ladies’ tournament

All England Lawn Tennis Club to keep name despite calls to modernise use of languageWimbledon does not intend to change the name of its ladies’ tournament to “women’s” despite the positive reaction garnered by Chelsea football club rebranding its women…

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When women were forced to choose between faith and football | Shireen Ahmed

History tends to overlook the incredible contributions of women in football, which is why it is important to tell the story of Fifa’s hijab ban and those who helped overturn itFootball is full of incredible histories, many that remain undocumented and …

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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…