Women in Sport

Don't Assume I Don't Know About Sport Because I Have a Vagina

Francesca Syrett | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Sport
Francesca Syrett

Just last week, when talking about The Masters, a man said to me "you know The Masters isn't the only golf major of the year?". This stumped me. Not because I didn't know this fact, but because he felt the need to tell me this.

Meet The Woman Who Started A Business At 23 And Sold It For £20 Million

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Lara Morgan set up a toiletries business aged 23. Seventeen years later she sold it for a jaw-dropping £20 million. To add to her impressive busin...

Arrival

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

We have arrived: exhausted, broken, alive, and relieved. After twenty two days at sea, Team SCA finally arrived in Itajai, Brazil. An emotionally overwhelming moment mixed with relief, excitement, and a tinge of sadness.

Coming First

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

Being first does make you a winner - and this weekend, on Boat Races day, there are many winners - Oxford, Newton, Helena, the BBC, equality, the list goes on. The question now is who will be the next big pioneer? Women's sport is waiting for you...

Face Your Fears

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

When everything happened it was wet, brutal and cold and we were surfing down the swell in 20 to 25 knots. We were happily speeding along when we had a few small wipe outs. I looked out at the girls on deck - they were struggling, scared, and you could literally cut the tension with a knife...

An Equal Boat Race? About Bloody Time

Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK
Sarah Ann Harris

It was a long road to equality even once Oxbridge allowed women to race - descriptions of women rowing as "unnatural", being asked to pose in towels and financial difficulties were just a few of the hurdles. So how did we finally get to this point?

Dear BBC Sport, Helena Morrissey Is So Much More Than A Mother-Of-Nine

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

Of course being a mother is a fantastic achievement, and carrying and raising nine children is no mean feat. But, at this moment, the fact that she is a mother-of-nine is almost completely irrelevant, while her contribution to women's rowing, her position as a CEO of an investment company and all round kick-ass woman is what BBC Sport should really be being championed.

Meet Charlotte Edwards, Captain Of England Women's Cricket Team

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As part of our Fitspiration month, we're profiling some of the trailblazing women who are dominating the sport industry in 2015. Cricket, like most...

These Are The Women (And Organisations) Shaping The Future Of Sport

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women's sport is seeing a revival. And these are the people paving the way. The Women’s Sport Trust has released a list of the finalists for thei...

Towards the Finish

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

From one great adventure after another in one of the most remote places on earth, leg five has been hard work from day one. While it's been tough, it's also been incredibly rewarding - especially when it boils down to team achievement.

Meet Sara Hastreiter

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Just under five years since she started sailing, Sara Hastreiter is doing her first Volvo Ocean Race. To put this in perspective, some of the guys in the other teams have over 10 years' experience offshore sailing, so it's kudos to Sara that she's been able to develop the physical and mental skills required to sail in the world's toughest ocean race.

5 Ways Ordinary Women, Media And Advertisers Can Change The Inequality Around Women In Sport

Poorna Bell | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Millions are afraid of being laughed at, of getting changed in the gym, of being seen to be sweating, of wearing lycra and not possessing a body that looks like a size 8 model. And this fear is preventing them from doing something men are encouraged to do from birth, from harnessing something that will make them feel good, empowered, strong and capable.

Girls As Young As Seven Are Giving Up Sport. This Has Got To Change

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Girls as young as seven are becoming more self-conscious, losing confidence and giving up sport as a result, a study has found. The same Government...

Putting the Freak Into Fitness - the Sexualisation of Women in the Fitness Industry

Laura Hill | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Hill

The gym for many, myself included, can be an intimidating, narcissistic and overtly sexual hellhole. It's not exactly the kind of environment that encourages women to want to keep fit, but another area of society where women are left feeling demoralised and in competition with one another over their looks.

Welcome Back

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA are now leaving New Zealand behind and we are heading towards the infamous Southern Ocean. We got quite a light start but the breeze has picked up nicely and we are moving fast in the right direction.

Race Delay

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Despite all of its extremities, the Volvo Ocean Race has to draw a line somewhere. This line happens to be a category five Tropical Cyclone named Pam, and she has definitely got our attention. She is the result of tropical pressure and she is incredibly powerful...

Have I Experienced Sexist Chanting? Yes. Was It a Shock? Sadly No.

Becki Knight | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Sport
Becki Knight

What I've began to realise over the last few weeks is the bigger picture. If I'd been in that crowd as teenage girl aspiring to work in the game...would it put me off? Quite possibly. Would I want my eight year old girl to witness it and believe that it was acceptable for her to be verbally abused due to the fact that she was a women? Absolutely not.

Five Ways to Get More Girls Into Sport

Zoe Mellis | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Sport
Zoe Mellis

Women not doing sport is a serious issue. According to Sport England's Active People's Survey, nearly two million fewer women than men play sport once a week. And at the age of 18, twice as many women as men do no sport at all.

As Rio 2016 Draws Closer, When Will Discrimination End For Sportswomen In Saudi Arabia?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Lacking the motivation to partake in an active lifestyle? Spare a thought, then, for women in Saudi Arabia who are actively discouraged - and even...

The Most Powerful Woman In Football Is From Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As a woman in Britain, being an influential figure in football à la Karren Brady is no mean feat. But as a woman in a war-torn country like Sierra Le...

Major Campaign #SheBelongs Hopes To Call Out Sexism In Football

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no denying that football has long been considered a man's game. Sadly, sexism comes hand in hand with the sport, with many women sitting on...

How The #LikeAGirl Campaign Reclaimed It As A Powerful Phrase

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you were told that you do something 'like a girl', would you feel ashamed or would you feel proud? For too long the phrase 'like a girl' has bee...

Meet the Navigator

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

With a CV that boasts working with the British Olympic sailing team, Libby Greenhalgh is Team SCA's navigator, meteorologist and weather forecaster. An important job, considering that even a slight dip in the wind can massively impact the speed of our Volvo 65 racing boat.

We Are, I Am

Lisa Regan | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Are we as women simply meant to throw on a leotard and hit up a step aerobics class armed with one pound weights for fear we will "bulk up"? It is really time to help move the conversation along.

Taking Risks

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA has now been racing since the beginning of October last year, and we are now approximately half way through the fourth leg from Sanya, China, to Auckland, the "city of sails" in New Zealand. It's day 15 and we still have one more gruelling week to go.