Cricket Australia is treating the country's best female cricketers as cash cowsby exploiting their talent and potential while imposing punitive measures it would not dare foist on the men, says Carol Fox, President of Women Sport Australia [formerly known as the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association].
WSA condemns Cricket Australia’s decision to pay the women players a much-lower wage than the men while offering no revenue-sharing deal and making the women declare they are not pregnant before entering into a contract.
"What century is this?" Fox said. "Does Cricket Australia want women to resign when they marry as well?"
Listen to Tracey Holmes on ABC Radio National (10 April, 2014) discuss the prejudice against female athetes.
"It’s not just a sport issue, it’s something far more deeply rooted. It's a cultural issue that needs a shift, and it cannot happen quickly enough."
This article reviews the career path of a female coach, Peta Searle and the lack of incentives for female coaches in the AFL.
"Seven years ago, a high school teacher walked away from her job and applied for a pension. A single mother of two, Peta Searle was on a calculated but uncharted mission. She wanted to be a full-time football coach and figured she would never know if she could if she didn’t try. Having a genuine shot meant going all in."
Written by Samantha Lane, The Age, April 26, 2014
Reasons why women are unable to progress in leadership roles in management and coaching including the concept of a 'velvet ghetto' are explored in this article by Michael Burke published on 2 May, 2014 in The Conversation.
“With ethics and codes of conduct being so pivotal to the internal success of companies, industries and consumer based trust – a heavy onus is on organisations to foster a culture that nurtures and promotes adherence to them irrespective of gender. However, there has been many articles written about one gender being more ethical than the other; women over men”.
By Louise Ogunseitan, September 16, 2014
On 30 September 2014, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) launched the new resource: Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches.
This resource is designed for use primarily by coaches, and highlights current lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (transgender), and two-spirited (LGBT) issues taking place in Canadian sport from the playground to the podium. It also provides best practices for coaches on making their sport a more welcoming place for those who identify as LGBT.
> In this SBS online article, AWRA EO Leanne Evans says she fears that young female athletes will be left without role models due to cuts in ABC TV coverage.
> In this online article, ARWA Secretary Janice Crosswhite tells ABC's Nick Grimm that the move is "devastating because it is a real retrograde step for women's sport because the ABC have been the champion of women's sport historically".
> The Guardian's Richard Parkin reports that former Sports Minister Kate Lundy has dubbed it an “utter disgrace”, the Opals coach has called it “diabolical”, and both the relevant governing sports bodies have been left “incredibly disappointed”.
> On a page 2 article in The Australian (26/11/2014), sports journalist Nicole Jeffery talks about the impact of the cuts. Note: subscription required.
> In this Radio Adelaide podcast, Angus Randall spoke with AWRA EO Leanne Evans about women's sports coverage being in doubt