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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 …

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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…