Gender and Politics in the media

Women athletes aim to keep the spotlight post-Games

Women athletes aim to keep the spotlight post-Games Chicago Tribune British cyclist Lizzie Armitstead used the platform provided by her silver-medal display in the road race to highlight the “overwhelming sexism” that persists in sport in salary and in media coverage. “Sexism is a big issue in women sport – salary, media coverage, general things you have to cope with in your career. If you focus too much on that you get disheartened,” she said. “At the moment there’s not much I can do to change it but after my career I hope to.”

How A Hijab Controversy Almost Undermined The Olympics’ Goal Of Increasing … ThinkProgress Two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia and the International Olympic Committee agreed to add two female athletes to the conservative Muslim kingdom’s Olympic team, marking the first time in Olympic history that women would participate under the Saudi flag.

Saudi Women: A Force to Be Reckoned With The Weekly Standard (blog) For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, Saudi women are being allowed by their ultra-conservative government to compete.

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