Last year was a high-water mark for women’s sport. The Diamonds took out the Netball World Cup. Cricket’s Southern Stars, already the reigning World Cup and Twenty20 champions, solidified their place in the firmament by bringing home the Ashes.
The Matildas became the first Australian football team – male or female – to ever win a knockout match at a World Cup.
The Weekly Review spoke to four of the women who experienced landmarks and troughs last year, who won victories in competition and also towards equality.
Structural changes were implemented to help women compete to the best of their ability, from an increase in compensation (most female athletes still need to supplement their income with another job) to changes in parental policy.
Still, there is more to be done. Despite being international elites playing at the highest level, almost all the athletes we spoke to acknowledged the gap in coverage of women’s sport.
In this Olympic year, Australia’s female athletes are absolutely deserving of your support and attention, and their winning pedigree is absolutely synonymous with quality viewing.[…]