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post Mar 26 2021, 09:50 PM
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(or lack of it, in some cases)

I feel like this is definitely a sport-by-sport issue - I know when I watch the alpine skiing for example, both the men and the women get pretty much equal coverage at World Cup events and the female skiers are probably as well known as the men in some cases. Then I switch over to cycling where there basically isn't any coverage of the women's side of things, and you read about 'big wins' such as top level female cyclists getting professional licenses for the first time this year, and one team setting the minimum wage of female riders to the same as that of men. Obviously the pay gap is another massive issue, and it must go hand-in-hand with the amount of coverage each side of a sport gets - if there is less coverage then there's less interest, less sponsors and hence less money.

Feel free to share any other examples of this / ways in which it can be addressed.
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post Mar 26 2021, 10:50 PM
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How the gap in prize money looked in 2014

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/29744400
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post Mar 26 2021, 10:52 PM
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No snooker coverage of the women's tour on telly.
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post Mar 27 2021, 09:10 PM
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Mar 26 2021, 10:50 PM) *
How the gap in prize money looked in 2014

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/29744400

To be fair 30% is less than I expected - although I see that this article only includes prize money and not wages, I imagine the number would be quite a bit bigger if wages were included.

Even when the coverage is available it's not always taken advantage of - I remember in the Tour de France one year at the end of the episode they said something along the lines of 'we were going to show you La Course but the men's race was just too exciting so we didn't' mellow.gif
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post Mar 30 2021, 04:08 PM
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Rebecca Welch has been appointed as the first female referee in the EFL. Hopefully there will be a time when this becomes more common place and won't be talked about.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56578350
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post Mar 31 2021, 11:59 AM
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I think a sport where there is gender equality is horse racing, where we've seen Rachael Blackmore become the leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival.
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post Mar 31 2021, 08:50 PM
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QUOTE(Flatcap @ Mar 30 2021, 05:08 PM) *
Rebecca Welch has been appointed as the first female referee in the EFL. Hopefully there will be a time when this becomes more common place and won't be talked about.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56578350

Indeed - I've read a couple of books where they've referred to the 'female referee' making a crucial error etc., but it's something all refs do numerous times in their career and you wouldn't say 'the male referee made a mistake' would you? Hopefully this is the first of many steps in the right direction.
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Indeed - I've read a couple of books where they've referred to the 'female referee' making a crucial error etc., but it's something all refs do numerous times in their career and you wouldn't say 'the male referee made a mistake' would you? Hopefully this is the first of many steps in the right direction.

It would be great if they refer as the referee.
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