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Australian women’s rugby sevens team shows how far sportswomen have come

Australian women's rugby sevens team shows how far sportswomen have come

The end of the tunnel may be looming for women’s sport. Just over 20 years ago, women had to fight tooth and nail just to get onto the rugby field. A few rugby clubs put their hand up and backed women in. Today that commitment to equality has reached the penultimate achievement. The Australian women’s rugby sevens team, The Pearls, …

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Striving for Gender Parity in Sports: Women Go for More Than Gold in Rio

Striving for Gender Parity in Sports: Women Go for More Than Gold in Rio

The 1972 passing of Title IX of The Education Amendments aimed to achieve gender equality in federally funded education programs at state and local levels. Activities protected under Title IX include recruitment, admissions, financial aid and employment; however, athletics have long taken center stage in the decades-long discussion about gender parity. With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio underway, the …

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Rio 2016: Australia sees Olympic rugby seven’s gold medal as a victory for women’s sport

Rio 2016: Australia sees Olympic rugby seven's gold medal as a victory for women's sport

Co-captain Shannon Parry has hailed Australia’s Olympic gold medal in rugby sevens in Rio as not only a victory for the nation but also women’s sport. Australia made history by winning the first gold awarded in women’s rugby sevens at the Olympics with a tight 24-17 triumph over trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the Deodoro Stadium. The Australians had been …

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Saudi Arabia lets women compete in the Olympics, but bans them from playing sports back home

Saudi Arabia lets women compete in the Olympics, but bans them from playing sports back home

As 19-year-old Saudi Arabian athlete Sarah Attar crossed the finish line of the 800m sprint at the London Olympics in 2012, an audience of 80,000 stood to applaud her. The crowd wasn’t congratulating Attar on victory—she had finished over half a minute behind competitors. Instead, spectators were responding to Attar’s historic presence as one of the first female athletes to …

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Behind Simone Biles, U.S. women romp in Olympic gymnastics team qualifying

Behind Simone Biles, U.S. women romp in Olympic gymnastics team qualifying

RIO DE JANEIRO – It would have been easy to do it, but Gabby Douglas didn’t blame the two-per-country rule that will keep her from defending her Olympic all-around gold. She rued not getting her Amanar vault back just a little. But the rule that’s been the greatest limiter of American success didn’t draw her ire. “I feel like the …

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Scary crash takes out leader Annemiek van Vlueten in women’s cycling road race

Scary crash takes out leader Annemiek van Vlueten in women's cycling road race

RIO DE JANEIRO — Leader Annemiek van Vleuten of Netherlands was involved in a spectacular crash in the final stages of the women’s cycling road race by Copacabana beach on Sunday. Van Vleuten looked headed for victory as she sped down the Vista Chinesa descent alone in slippery conditions after dropping breakaway companion Mara Abbott of United States. But van …

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Canada to play Great Britain for Olympic bronze in women’s rugby 7s

Canada to play Great Britain for Olympic bronze in women's rugby 7s

Canada, the 2015 Pan Am gold medallists in women’s rugby sevens, will play for bronze at the Rio Olympics. The Canadians couldn’t recover from a 12-0 halftime deficit, losing 17-5 to the top-ranked Australians in semifinal action on Monday afternoon. With 43 seconds left in the game, Charity Williams scored the lone try for Canada, which will play Great Britain …

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Iranian Woman Celebrates Her First Time at a Professional Sports Game

Iranian Woman Celebrates Her First Time at a Professional Sports Game

Sajedeh Norouzi, a 27-year-old woman from Iran who is living in Brazil with her husband for a stint of study, attended her first-ever professional volleyball match on Sunday night. In her home country of Iran, women are banned from attending all-male professional sports events, and though the Iranians lost to Argentina, Norouzi told the AP that she couldn’t be happier …

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Canada wins bronze in women’s 4x100m freestyle relay

Canada wins bronze in women's 4x100m freestyle relay

Canada’s women’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay team won bronze in the final on Saturday. Sandrine Mainville, Chantal van Landeghem, Taylor Ruck and Penny Oleksiak swam for Canada, finishing with a time of three minutes 32.89 seconds. The team was strong throughout the relay, but received an additional push from the teenage tandem of Ruck and Oleksiak on the back end of …

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Majority rule: Women lead the way for Team USA

Majority rule: Women lead the way for Team USA

The Associated Press It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the best-recognized names on the U.S. Olympic team belong to women. The Americans brought 292 women to Rio de Janeiro, an Olympic record for a single country. Their first gold medal of the games — won Saturday by a woman, of course: Ginny Thrasher in shooting. Reporters from …

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