THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Read features from May 1991 and March 1996 on the role of females in the game

icon hopepowell8 March ~ A report from Women in Football has exposed the “ingrained, systemic problem sexist culture” of the game. Released to coincide with International Women’s Day, the survey of 505 women working within football, from coaches and match officials to agents and doctors, showed that 46 per cent of respondents had experienced sexism in the workplace, while 61 per cent had witnessed it. While 60 per cent believed that opportunities were improving for women, 70 per cent believed they had to be better at their jobs then male colleagues and 90 per cent said more could be done to increase their prospects.

Women’s role in the game, both working within it and as supporters, as can be seen by looking through the WSC archives. Each of the following articles is free to read today.

In May 1991 Linda Sharples reflected on the experiences of being a female football fan – “If you think men’s toilets sometimes leave a lot to be desired, you should see some of the ladies’”. Meanwhile in the same issue Mariam Goldman reported on an England v Germany encounter where, at half time, England “retired to their Portakabin 4-0 down”. You can read the women in football feature from May 1991 here.

In March 1996, Sarah Gilmore looked at the reasons for the increase in the number of women writing and reporting in football – and the hurdles they still had to overcome. In the same issue Anne Coddington spoke to several women who had made football their full-time career at almost every level expect team management. You can read the women in football feature from March 1996 here.

The complete WSC archive is now available online and free to subscribers – click here for more details

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