Women in Sport

Student Banned From Her Own Mixed Sex Football Team - Because She Might Get Hurt

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A student was left shocked after being banned from the mixed set football team she set up - because she might get hurt playing against men. Laura G...

Louise Ridley

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I Once Agonised Over My Body'

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Sport

Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Olympic and world heptathlon champion, once "agonised" over how she looked. "Possibly the hardest thing as a girl growing u...

Why 'Understanding Women's Lives' Is Key to Getting More Women Playing Sport

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

Like so many people around the country, my jaw dropped when I saw Jess Ennis-Hill steam through the finish line of the 800m in her final heptathlon ev...

Ex-Liverpool Player Ryan Babel In Shocking Sexist Twitter Rant

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 29.08.2015 | UK Sport

Ex-Liverpool FC footballer Ryan Babel has been criticised after he went on a sexist rant involving a female fan on Twitter and suggested she "concentr...

Why the Success of the Women's World Cup Empowered Young Girls Around the World

Payal Dalal | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Sport
Payal Dalal

The 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup lived up to the high expectations. We witnessed nail biting penalty shootouts, new entrants such as Cameroon reaching the quarter finals, and impressive physical feats by female athletes. We also saw something a little more subtle but no less powerful: the world got behind a women's sporting event.

The Brutality and Glory of Women's Sport

Dr Hannah Macleod | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Sport
Dr Hannah Macleod

In a sports team, judgments move away from how popular you are and what you look like to how hard you are willing to work and how much you contribute. I felt I had finally found my 'gang' and found a supportive environment where I could be me and develop confidence and self-worth.

Why I Chose to Play Football With the Boys... And Where It Took Me

Niamh McKevitt | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Niamh McKevitt

Playing with the boys helped me in my aim to get to the top of the women's game. I made my full first team debut for Huddersfield Town just seven days after my 16th birthday and also had my first experience of international football for Republic of Ireland under 16s (rather than England... but that's another story).

Are These The Most Inspirational Women In British Sport?

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It’s proving to be an historic year for women’s sport. So before our attention is completely swallowed up by the mounting anticipation of Rio 2016...

Serena Williams Shows 'Built Like A Man' Trolls What Femininity Really Is

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no denying Serena Williams is a bad-ass. But when it comes to dealing with sexism in the sport that she's dominated for years, she's badder st...

Female UFC Champion, Ronda Rousey, Reckons She Could Beat Floyd Mayweather In A Fight

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Female UFC champion Ronda Rousey has proven she's badass once again, after saying she'd beat Floyd Mayweather in a "no rules" fight. Rousey has pre...

An Insider's Look At The Training Regime And Life Of A Professional Jockey

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

On 11 September 2001 at 20-years-old, Emma Jayne-Wilson wrote a note to herself. She promised herself she would reach her dream of becoming profession...

7 Reasons Why MMA Star Ronda Rousey Is A Badass Inspiration

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Mixed Martial Arts has well and truly hit the mainstream and one woman is to thank for the sudden interest in the sport. Ronda Rousey defeated Beth...

What Doing Group Sport Has Taught Me About Women's Bodies

Poorna Bell | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Every Tuesday, I go to a grotty old man's gym tucked underneath a railway bridge for a boxing class. It's gruelling. Most of us are there because it's an unrelenting class that makes us toned, strong and gives us a really positive sense of empowerment. Oh, and beating the living crap out of a boxing bag can be extremely therapeutic. But as I looked around at the women in my class, sweat pouring down my face, thinking murderous thoughts about our Bulgarian trainer bellowing the words 'press up tuck jump burpee!', I had a revelation about body image and assumptions.

EA Screwed Up By Not Putting a Woman on the UK Cover of 'Fifa 16'

Charlie Lindlar | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Tech
Charlie Lindlar

Remember when we thought this summer brought about a new dawn for women's football, a watershed moment for the equality of women in sport? Well, we're clearly not quite there yet. We like our women footballers, just not so much as to boot a man off the cover. The whole sorry episode is a bigger own goal than Laura Bassett's.

Sports Illustrated Celebrate Women's World Cup Victory In the Best Possible Way

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sports Illustrated - the American magazine read by 23 million each week - has proudly published 25 separate covers to celebrate the US Women's World C...

When We Attack Serena Williams' Body, It's Really About Her Blackness

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A New York Times article about body image in competitive tennis became the catalyst for a debate this week about the harmful ways in which the media...

Female Football Players Get Married, Respond Perfectly To Homophobic Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Following the roaring success of the Women's World Cup, two female footballers have tied the knot - and their wedding was beautiful. Erin McLeod, C...

Women in Sport - Scoring for Equality

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Sport
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Deeply entrenched, discriminatory notions of women's diminished status, whether the issue is a playing field or a paycheck, harm individual women and girls. They are denied their rights and blocked from achieving their full potential. Such norms also undermine sport itself, tarnishing notions such as fair play and open competition. It is time to overturn the barriers and stereotypes.

Heading to Rio

Georgie Twigg | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Sport
Georgie Twigg

Ecstatic and a little bit tired. That covered my feelings on the plane home from Valencia after the GB women's hockey team had won a gold medal in the World League semi-finals AND - more significantly qualified for the Olympics in Rio...

Brilliant World Cup Is Just the Start for the Growth of Women's Football

Chris Deeley | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

The greater football community has to stop treating the women's game as some fringe interest and actually give it the respect it deserves. The one legitimate criticism that could be levelled at this year's World Cup is that the standard of refereeing was abominable - but is that any kind of surprise?

How I Grew to Love Women's Football

Danielle Lowe | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

During the whole competition I only missed two games and that was either because of not wanting to multi-screen matches or not having the staying power until 5am. I covered the games not just on twitter but in a national newspaper as well and it was incredibly satisfying.

Forget The FA's 'Sexist' World Cup Tweet, Here's How To Talk About Women In Football

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As the FA is caught up in a sexism row over a "breathtakingly sexist" tweet posted from England's official account, a video with a far more positive m...

Now Is the Time to Get on the Women's Football Bandwagon

Jack Target | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Sport
Jack Target

The women's game offers a unique opportunity. Where else can you watch a team representing the club you have always supported, for less than a tenner and be able to approach the players after? We can see by the England squad that just achieved third place at the World Cup how relatable, likable and down to earth they all are.

England May Be Out of the Women's World Cup, But We Must Continue to Praise and Popularise Women's Sports

Rebecca Aveyard | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Sport
Rebecca Aveyard

I defy you to maintain that women's football is boring, but if you insist - after having genuinely watched a significant amount - then the solution, I'm afraid, is to keep watching and keep investing to improve the standard of the game.

You'd Never Get This Reaction To A Heartbreaking Own Goal By The England Men's Team

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon and Paul Vale | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK

The Lionesses suffered a heartbreaking defeat on Wednesday when an own goal ended their dreams of a World Cup victory, but the team's efforts have tra...