Ultimately, we are seeing a diversification of women's fitness, with everything from barre to crossfit becoming popular. Television programs such as Ultimate Hell Week and Ninja Warrior have facilitated the publicity of more niche and previously more masculine sports, celebrating the women who enter it and inspiring many.
Women's football doesn't need a candy coated ad campaign or the tacky colour scheme - we already have a Labour bus for that. What it needs is to be taken seriously, instead of ripped to shreds by institutional sexism. We should be talking about the pay gap and funding inequality, not trying to create a gendered football.
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.
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).