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‘This is my adrenaline fix’: Jamie Chadwick, F1’s first female hope in 43 years

No woman has raced in Formula 1 since the 1970s. Does the 21-year-old Williams driver have the talent and ambition to change all that?Even if you’re one of the most promising young racing drivers of your era, you still have to take your driving test. S…

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This Girl Can steps up taboo-busting campaign to boost female activity

• Advert will show women overcoming period pains and cramps• ‘We can shine a spotlight on issues that need to be talked about’The original This Girl Can campaign broke the mould by showing women of all shapes and sizes sweating to get active. Five year…

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Hannah Dines on going public with her labia surgery: ‘It started a big conversation’

The Paralympic cyclist wrote about the damage the sport had caused her. The article caused an outcry, others with similar experiences contacted her – and manufacturers finally began designing saddles for womenThe day after I wrote in the Guardian about…

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Women’s rugby in Morocco – a photo essay

Playing rugby as a woman in a Muslim country is not an easy task. Even in Morocco, with its more modern approach to Islam, the sport is usually regarded as being strictly for men. However, the women of the all-female rugby team AMAR (or Association Mar…

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If Nike really wants to empower women, start with athletes like Mary Cain | Arwa Mahdawi

Enough with the expensive ads – try ensuring that no other young athlete has to suffer what Cain went through insteadSign up for The week in patriarchy, a newsletter? on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Continue reading…

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Grassroots women’s football is booming – but where are the pitches?

The Women’s World Cup has attracted thousands of new players but space to play is at a premiumColin Lowe, a football coach in Manchester, often receives calls from women in the area keen to join his new grassroots team. But when one woman called last w…

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Women’s football must be played in more big stadiums

Record crowds at this weekend’s WSL derbies proves the value of hosting matches at large venues – even if they are half-emptyWomen’s football is having a lightbulb moment. With Manchester City hosting Manchester United at the Etihad stadium in the Wome…

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Cancer researcher becomes first woman to win 4,000km cycling race

Fiona Kolbinger, 24, rode from Bulgaria to France in 10 days, two hours and 48 minutesA German cancer researcher has become the first woman to win one of the world’s toughest cycling races in her first ultra-distance event.Fiona Kolbinger, 24, from Dre…

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Grassroots women’s football clubs ready for World Cup boost

Clubs such as Goal Diggers, which puts accessibility before ability, are struggling to meet rising demandPolly Simpson, treasurer of the women’s football team Goal Diggers, has the simple task of posting the sign-up list for training and matches each w…

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‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A wome…

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Goal driven: five players who have shaped women’s football

The Women’s World Cup kicks off next month – and England might even win it. Mark Bailey interviews five key players from different generations to chart the unstoppable rise of women’s footballThe future of football is feminine,” pledged Sepp Blatter in…

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Nurse in trousers told her London Marathon record would not count

Guinness World Records says Jessica Anderson needed to have had a dress on to qualifyAn NHS nurse who ran the London Marathon was told her Guinness World Record attempt would not count because she was not wearing a dress.Jessica Anderson, who has been …

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Don’t forget football racism of the past | Brief letters

Tommy Smith and Howard Gayle | Period poverty | Road deaths | Moira and the Mice | Songs about Europe | Sajid JavidYou rightly focus on the “return” of football racism (Sport, 13 April) and yet do not acknowledge its crude past a couple of days later i…

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Don’t forget football racism of the past | Brief letters

Tommy Smith and Howard Gayle | Period poverty | Road deaths | Moira and the Mice | Songs about Europe | Sajid JavidYou rightly focus on the “return” of football racism (Sport, 13 April) and yet do not acknowledge its crude past a couple of days later i…

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Undercover: female football fans in Iran

For nearly 40 years, Iranian women have been banned from watching stadium football matches. The photographer Forough Alaei, a World Press Photo winner in the sports category for her Crying for Freedom series, describes following the story of Zeinab, on…

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‘I had a huge swelling’: why my life as a female cyclist led to vulva surgery

There needs to be serious, urgent research into better saddles for female cyclists, says Hannah Dines, who has endured years of pain and swelling caused by friction as she ridesThe plastic surgeon, in that particularly endearing way of surgeons, was tr…

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‘Cowardly grubs’: Scott Morrison condemns sexist remarks about Tayla Harris

PM says trolls targeting the Carlton AFL Women’s player ‘need to wake up to themselves’The Australian prime minister has weighed in to the controversy around sexist comments posted online about an image of the Australian rules footballer Tayla Harris, …

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Sports stars weigh in on row over transgender athletes

Campaigners divided over whether trans women have an unfair advantage in sportFirst it was Martina Navratilova. Then Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes. Now, almost with every passing day, there are more voices wading into the issue of whether transgende…

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Why Iron Girl went down like a lead balloon

In the week in which Jasmin Paris won the 268-mile Spine Race, and women are winning more and more endurance races, a 5K night-time race for ‘women over 16’ had to be hastily rebrandedLast week Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Sp…

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Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris on her gruelling 83-hour win: ‘I just had one job to do’

The winner of the brutal Montane Spine Race on how hiking with her baby helped her to smash the men’s record – despite having to express milk along the wayIt is Britain’s most brutal running race – 268 miles non-stop along the Pennine Way, from Edale i…