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International Women’s Day: Why equity is important

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This time a year ago, I sat at this same desk and started writing about International Women’s Day and what it meant to me. I reflected on my own experiences as a youngster heading to White Hart Lane to that of my little girl. The difference between the world I live in now to the one I grew up in is marked. But in that last year, how much has really changed?

The Lionesses’ victory last summer turned the attention of the entire nation to the women’s game. However, the development of the women’s game has been, and still is, limited even after that historic event.

Inadequate financial backing means that girls’ football still doesn’t have the same opportunities. In addition, a lack of media support means that girls often do not realise what opportunities exist.

On average, across England, there are between 40-50 boys-only or mixed teams for every one girls-only team. In some ways, this shows progress. Growing up as a young girl, I didn’t have the ability to play football for a team. There were no girls’ football teams at school and when the boys had football lessons in PE, we did netball.

Whilst things are improving, the opportunities are still too small. According to a study by the FA back in 2021, only 40% of girls have access to football lessons as part of their school PE syllabus. The FA’s Inspiring Positive Change strategy aims to have 75% of schools providing equal access to football for girls in PE lessons by 2024. My children’s school is part of that 75%; they are some of the lucky ones.

Grassroots

On a Sunday morning when I stand on the touchline watching my son, Max, play under-nines football, we sometimes come up against mixed teams. I am always fascinated that the boys treat the girls with complete equality.

Max is a defender; think Andy Robertson or Luke Shaw, as he loves a run down the wing and a cross or a long-range shot! He has come up against a variety of different forwards over the course of this season. At the end of each match, I always ask him for his thoughts on the game. This particular Sunday, he said that “their number 10 was the best striker I have played against”. It’s true, she was. He had no prejudice or judgement about her as a young woman, just that she was the best forward he had come up against.

This was a statement that made me prouder than the clean sheet he kept and the goal he scored that day. As far as he is concerned, girls are equal. This is something that we should be aiming to replicate through all aspects of the game and society.

FPL

In my job, I am lucky enough to work with some of the best and most incredible women in football. Every week, I record the FPL Pod with Kelly Somers, appear on regular Fanzones with Jules Breach and on Sky Sports News with Hayley McQueen. These big names in football have opened the door for generations of women and girls to follow in their footsteps.

However, it’s not just about the women that inspire me to push harder but about my male colleagues who open more doors for my career progression and help me to achieve my goals. I am very lucky in my job at Fantasy Football Scout. The site’s contributors come from all over the world and from all walks of life, with a shared passion for FPL and football. Being a woman has never been a barrier. I work with many great people who treat me as they would any of their male colleagues, which is something that I value more highly than they probably realise.

As a parent of both a son and daughter, I want them both to grow up believing that with hard work, they can be whatever they choose, with no barriers and no glass ceilings. I also want them to grow up helping others to achieve their goals.

Football for girls aged 5-11 – Weetabix Wildcats | England Football(opens in a new tab)

Football, like FPL, is a game for everyone. The FA, Premier League and England Football Association are creating opportunities for young girls to help level the playing field. This is shown with organisations such as the Weetabix Wildcats. My daughter came home from school a few months ago with a leaflet for our local Wildcats. Knowing that girls are less active than the boys who share their classrooms means that organisations such as this are increasingly important. Not just as a means of giving girls access to the beautiful game, but also by helping to get parity with physical fitness and well-being.

International Women’s Day

The motto for this year’s International Women’s Day is #EmbraceEquity. Over the course of my life, the call for equality has been altered with a desire for equity.

Equality is all about giving everyone access to the same opportunities. This is important but doesn’t always help. Think about trying to improve the physical fitness of the country by giving every person, from newborn to 100 years old, a male adult bike. Whilst we have given equality in terms of equal access, the reality is for many it is unusable. The bike provided would be too big for children, unusable for wheelchair users and unsuitable for anyone unable to ride a bike.

Instead, we want equity for all. Equity recognises everyone’s differences and gives them different opportunities and resources to reach an equal outcome. So in my example, giving balance bikes to pre-schoolers, bike trailers for babies and toddlers, disability-adapted bikes for those who need them and female bikes for women. It could also provide pedals for the elderly to build movement whilst sitting and watching television.

Our society is getting better at providing equality. My children have very similar opportunities to each other, and my daughters have far better than the ones I had at her age. However, now is the time to push further, to push for equity.

Football is known as the ‘beautiful game’, so let’s make sure everyone who wants to be part of it has the opportunity and resources to enable them to grow and participate.


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161 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Eleven Hag
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Start Maddison or Martinelli?

    1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Maddison

    2. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Martinelli actually

    3. Tcheco
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Martinelli just

  2. Tcheco
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    A. Raya Mbuemo Tark

    B. Raya Estupinan Odegaard

    C. Ederson Jensen Toney

    1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C

    2. Boberella
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B

    3. Tcheco
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      thank you

  3. Taegugk Warrior
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Play zinc or trippier..?

    1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Trippier

  4. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which one, starting GW 29?

    A) Shaw
    B) James
    C) Chilwell

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Chilwell was really impressive last night. Think I might get him in 28 now. Haven't written Shaw off despite the LIV performance. After the last injury scare, I'm just too wary of James atm. So I'd order them CAB I think

    2. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C

  5. The Big Fella
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    I have Bruno and he has served me well and I actually think United will bounce back from their prison shower room experience against Liverpool plus they double in 29. However despite this, I am debating selling for a second Brighton mid or Gakpo for their tasty Bournemouth fixture. I have lost a lot of value on Mitrovic as I waited for press conferences this week before buying and I am now 0.2 short of doing Pope to Raya and Mitrovic to Toney. It feels somewhat sideways to do though when United also double in 29. For Gakpo, the move is less sideways but saves me money and gives me a Liverpool asset - something I currently don’t have. Any help/advice?

  6. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
    • 15 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Speaking of equality I'll look forward to the article on Sun, Nov 19, 2023. International men's day. One for my calendar. Are you going to step up and walk the walk FFS ?

    1. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Why is it in your calendar?

      Let women have their day

      1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
        • 15 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        It's all about equalty. Let them have their day. Let the men have theirs.

        1. Ain't No Holebas Girl
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          So letting them have their day involves you reminding them of when international men's day is? Cheers

          1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
            • 15 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            What a stupid comment. Is letting them have their day spamming RMT's and A and B's letting them have their day? Or shall we just dedicate every post to women's football today?

            1. Ain't No Holebas Girl
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              I'm sure they would rather a RMT than men crying about when their own day is rather than supporting them

              1. GreennRed
                • 12 Years
                1 year, 4 months ago

                It's an anonymous forum. We whinge about everything as we make the big decisions facing the world. Biden should retire, Putin should get out of Ukraine and someone discovered a hole in the ozone layer that the Greens are looking into. We're undecided so far, need more data.

              2. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
                • 15 Years
                1 year, 4 months ago

                Who's crying? I'm merely asking for equality. Just like the article.

                1. La Roja
                  • 12 Years
                  1 year, 4 months ago

                  stop crying

                  1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
                    • 15 Years
                    1 year, 4 months ago

                    All about equalty. Let's all be equal

                2. Ain't No Holebas Girl
                  • 6 Years
                  1 year, 4 months ago

                  A man who thinks he doesn't have equality asking for it on international women's day 😀

                  1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
                    • 15 Years
                    1 year, 4 months ago

                    I just want to see how balanced FFS really. I didn't say we don't have equality did I. I just want FFS to ensure both days are celebrated. You seem to have an issue with international men's day. Mmmm interesting.

                    1. Ain't No Holebas Girl
                      • 6 Years
                      1 year, 4 months ago

                      Well we don't have equality, so you are right to ask for it, but it isn't men who need help to achieve it in this instance.

                      1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
                        • 15 Years
                        1 year, 4 months ago

                        I thought you were a girl lol . I have no problem with the article but I firmly believe things like this must work both ways. Celebrating a day for women and not for men is going against what they say they are trying to achieve.. unfortunately a lot of this equal rights stuff is selective equal rights when it suits.

                        No I'm not crying either.i am just stating opinion. Over time if it's all one way then the balance will soon swing and before you know it women will have more than men.

                        As for Women and football. I think it's going to be tough to get men having the emotion and passion they feel for men's football and since football is liked by millions more men than women it will never hit the heights they want it to.

                      2. Ain't No Holebas Girl
                        • 6 Years
                        1 year, 4 months ago

                        The purpose of the day is to celebrate women and drive gender equality. Men hardly need any help in that regard as they are already hold the societal privilege and have done for centuries. If it's selective, it's because certain groups are under represented and need help to achieve anything close to equality which is still light years away. If you are worried the 'balance will swing and women will have more than men' then I think you are missing what the purpose is.

                        This day is not at the detriment of men, so always check your privilege, support your female friends and good luck in FPL!

                      3. Jambot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 13 Years
                        1 year, 4 months ago

                        Well said

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Dude, did you read the part about equality vs equity? I don't think men really need any extra support to get equal opportunities or feel welcomed in football.

      1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
        • 15 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        No problem with any of that. Not against what is being said

    3. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I’ll be dropping the kids off at the pool on that day, if you know what I mean!

      1. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        using the toilet?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Rolling a few Bondi cigars, Dave.

          1. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Interesting you use the term Bondi cigars. Are you a Knight of the Southern Hemisphere?

      2. GreennRed
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        A stool pool

  7. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Wildcard draft team

    Raya
    Gabriel Estupian Pinnock
    MacAllister Rashford Salah Saka Mitoma
    Kane Toney (c)

    Ward White James Watkins

    Leaves me in a good state for GW28 and DGW 29, can swap DGW players if needs be in 29. Will bring Haaland back in 30

  8. Raiden
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Does it worth to swap martinelli for W.prowse ?

    1. GreennRed
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No, based on respective form.

  9. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Done my boots on KdB now. Did a Salah & Bruno > Salah>KdB > Bruno>Salah hokey cokey. Lost 0.3m on KdB now and gained no extra points as KdB scored 17 on his double game week run and Salah matched it exactly from one game less!

  10. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Save FT and hide behind the LFC sofa?

    RAYA
    ESTUPINAN, MEE, Trippier
    MITOMA, MARCH, Saka, Rashford
    TONEY, Haaland, Kane

    Kepa, Martinelli, James, Zinch
    Bank 4.0m, 1FT, FH & BB left

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Stick to the plan

    2. GreennRed
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      United game was an outlier but Pool's form and consistency could be recovered,wait and see. But you've nice doubles, they could rotate before the Real Everest and you'll not have to manoeuvre their GW28 blank.

    3. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      GTG

      1. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        BB GW29

  11. George James
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    My Bench this week is

    Sanchez / Zinchenko / Martinelli / Maddison

    Cant wait

  12. Botman and Robben
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Switch out Rashford for another Brighton mid on WC?

    1. I like to party
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Take out the guy that has scored more goals than anyone else in Europe, before he plays bottom of the league, at home, playing for a team that are angry. Yeah seems like a genius plan.

      1. I like to party
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        *more goals than anyone else in Europe - this calendar year.

      2. Botman and Robben
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Not sure how anger plays into all this, but would be a temp move and bring him back just after the GW 28 blank.

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Check out the comment history on this idiot before you think about listening to his advice. Literally no one I respect less on this forum than Hit Les

          1. Botman and Robben
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Seems he is one of the FPL players that does not look at who they think will score more points in the next game or 2, but who has a better history in Antarctica in a given calendar year.

          2. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Although you would of course miss out on some of the juicier, deleted items. Such as the charmingly fascist, 'everyone taking hits for Liverpool players should be on a government list that forbids them from having children'. 🙄

    2. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      why?

      1. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Totally understand now for GW27 - bring back for GW29

        have you got over for GW28 with 11 starters !

    3. La Roja
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Please do, i need my OR ranking to improve