Far fewer articles are written about women's sport, with editors saying they get less interest. But there is something we can doby Scheenagh Harrington / July 10, 2017 / Leave a comment
When was the last time you read a report about a women’s football game, or saw an in-depth profile of a female rugby star in the paper? Could you name the captain of the women’s national cricket team? I know couldn’t—and the UK’s mainstream media aren’t helping.
Women’s Sport Week ran from 19th-25th June, but if you looked at the sport sections of many UK national newspapers that week, you would barely have known it.
In one day, I looked at the online sport sections of broadsheets the Guardian, the Independent, the Times and the Telegraph, and tabloids the Mirror, the Sun, the Daily Express and Daily Mail, and counted a total of 13 articles about women’s sport.
Thirteen stories, compared to dozens and dozens of articles devoted to men’s football and rugby, cricket, Formula 1, golf, athletics, tennis, and a smattering of others. Only in those last two, athletics and tennis, did women merit coverage—and the tennis coverage focused solely on actual sporting action.
Where are our sportswomen, and why is it so normal for them not to be seen on the back pages?
Women’s sport, especially football and rugby, is being put