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Regular female-led football coverage ‘generations’ away, says Jacqui Oatley

• Broadcaster supports Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign• Fewer than a third of 2018 major sport roles filled by womenThe sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley has said it will take “a couple of generations” before women working in football as reporters,…

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Ada Hegerberg stepped forward for women’s football, but sexism kicked her back | Suzanne Wrack

Martin Solveig’s twerking comments to the Ballon d’Or winner aren’t unusual for women in sport, but are hugely disappointingIt should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration.Becaus…

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Iran opens door to women at football but will anything really change?

A small number of women watched an Iran friendly and a cup final but the head of the judiciary has said it is sinful for them to see ‘half-naked men’ playNormal service has resumed at Iranian football grounds and that spells bad news for the country’s …

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Ramla Ali: ‘In boxing we are all equal’

After her family fled Somalia and settled in Britain, Ramla Ali secretly took up boxing, having been teased at school for being overweight. Now she’s a national champion, and inspiring other African and Muslim women to fightWhen Ramla Ali, a British ch…

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A 13-year-old girl is a ‘lesbian’ if she plays football? Some things don’t change

Taunts like this have been around for decades – but this playground name-calling reflects how women’s sports are treatedWhen I was in school a few decades ago, it was standard to be called a lesbian if you so much as kicked a football back to a boy in …

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Swim England in deep water over women’s swimwear advice

National sports body removes web advice on ‘flabby stomachs’ and ‘too long torsos’ after student’s criticismSwim England’s guidance on choosing swimwear has been criticised for focusing too much on the shape of women’s bodies.The national governing bod…

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Pioneer of women’s football in Mexico is latest victim of Tijuana violence

Marbella Ibarra founded the country’s first professional club for women. The discovery of her bound and brutalised body made her a statistic in her home town’s violent recent history?Marbella Ibarra was football mad in a machista country where women’s …

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Diane Leather obituary

First woman to run a sub-five-minute mile, who had to wait years for the recognition she meritedDiane Leather, who has died aged 85, was the first woman to run a mile in under five minutes. Her achievement came in 1954, just 23 days after Roger Bannist…

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Serena Williams gains support of WTA and USTA chiefs after umpire row

WTA’s Steve Simon: double standards applied by Carlos RamosUSTA president hails Williams’s ‘class’ and ‘sportsmanship’The Women’s Tennis Association has backed up Serena Williams’ claims of sexism regarding the way she was treated by umpire Carlos Ramo…

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Serena Williams again bears brunt of double standards in tennis | Anna Kessel

Male players can misbehave at will while women are denied the right to express frustrationIf we could examine Serena Williams’s on-court behaviour at the US Open final in isolation, as a response to one individual umpiring call, this would be a very sh…

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Scotland’s women footballers help to ease 20 years of hurt

A place in next year’s Women’s World Cup in Paris has allowed fans to be proud of their national game againOn a little artificial pitch in the middle of a North Lanarkshire housing scheme on Saturday morning there was all the evidence you ever needed t…

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Thanks Zaha, but female footballers really need a proper funding system | Chris Paouros

Why should a female team have to rely on the charity of a male player? For the game to thrive, attitudes must changeWomen can now, finally, earn a living playing football. The England and Scotland women’s teams have just qualified for the World Cup and…

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Brighton to offer free sanitary products to female fans in Premier League first

• Liverpool and Everton understood to be considering initiative• Thirteen clubs across UK have already signed upBrighton have become the first Premier League club to commit to providing female fans with free sanitary products after a campaign was launc…

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry calls for closing of pay gap

NBA champion publishes essay on Women’s Equality DayPay gap has been talking point in professional basketballGolden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has advocated for the closing of the pay gap on Women’s Equality Day.Curry, one of the most famous ath…

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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 …