I’ve had this post in draft for the last month, and every time I’ve been about to post it, I’ve seen something new. But I should just press “publish” now – it’s a collection of things I’ve seen in the last month about women and sports, with an emphasis on cycling, of course!
There was a lot of talk about women and sports and equality recently, and my favourite was this piece by Hadley Freeman in the Guardian: Female athletes stealing from men? I call it equal pay. It’s a pithy, witty, and righteously angry response to some really stupid commentary that we can’t give parity to women as it would hurt men somehow. Click through, you won’t regret it.
Here’s a great tweet about the issue in cyclocross
And some really interesting information about the Basque campaign for equality for women’s cycling.
While equal pay is a huge issue in women’s sports in most of the world, it’s important to me to remember that just riding a bike is a right not all women share. So I’m always heartened by articles about the Afghan women’s cycling team, like this one in the Guardian, on how they’re aiming for the Olympics. And there’s a great audio interview with Yara Sallam, a young Egyptian feminist and lawyer, on how women are reclaiming public spaces by riding bikes, scooters and motorbikes. It’s by the Association for Women’s rights in Development, and it’s really inspiring.