Andy Murray has said the difference in prize money at the Dubai Championships is a "big step backwards," with the men's singles winner set to receive five times more the amount as compared to the women's champion.
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The WNBA continues to set an example for inclusive racial and gender hiring practices across all professional leagues, receiving an A+ for race and an A+ for gender, and an overall grade of A+ in the 2021 Women's National Basketball Association Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC), released Wednesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida.
The National Women's Soccer League has canceled weekend games amid a meeting between the league and the NWSL Players Association to investigate misconduct allegations against North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley. Riley was fired amid allegations spanning over a decade of sexual coercion and inappropriate comments about players' weight and sexual orientation.
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"I guess it's a milestone for soccer in general. Women will be able to choose in which team to play... that's new, that they have the choice. I hope I won't be the last, or else it would have all been for nothing."
"We aim to make the USL Super League globally recognized and admired for its community-building, operational excellence, financial sustainability, and high level of competition. With these objectives in mind, we deepen our commitment to equitable treatment of our men's and women's pathways, and to create career opportunities for women to play professional soccer, women coaches, women technical directors, and women soccer executives. We at the USL League Office are united in our passion and commitment to the pursuit of this vision."
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The use of "Lady" with sports teams has been a divisive issue over the years, and many programs who used it in the 1970s in the early days of women's college athletics got rid of it, some as early as the 1980s. The vast majority of colleges no longer use it for any of their women's teams.
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Asked by Ontario Hockey League TV about how she wanted to be seen by Sarnia Sting fans, she said, "Treat me like a normal player. Don't think of it as a girl, that I stand out. I want to be a normal teammate to all the boys. I want to be a family with them."
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"It’s important to me that the bigger message is this isn’t women at the expense of men," says team owner Beth Paretta, whose vision to create a coed race team has been six years in the making. "I'm trying to expand the grid."
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The Dutch Football Association has announced a pioneering rule change which will see men and women able to play alongside each other in amateur football teams from next season. Previously, when women reached the age of 18 years old, they were unable to continue playing alongside their male teammates.
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While the gender gap already existed in professional hockey, the pandemic has widened it even more. U.S. veteran forward Brianna Decker explained, "I'm not one to always turn to that; I don't draw conclusions, I don't speculate. But in this situation, this never would have happened if it was a men's tournament. They would have already had a Plan B, and made it happen somehow."