It’s time to talk about periods in sport

Linda Pearce looks at a new education program from the AIS, the Female Performance and Health Initiative that addresses how periods and pregnancy impact performance. It started with a confession. A light-hearted one. Sitting with Olympic diver Anabelle Smith at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, this 35-year veteran of sportswriting admitted to a personal …

Study: Motherhood and Sports Fandom

A new study on motherhood and sports fandom is recruiting participants to learn more about the experiences mothers have as sports fans, and the impact motherhood has on sports fandom. Friend of Siren, Dr. Kim Toffoletti, in partnership with her colleague at Temple University in the US, Dr. Katie Sveinson, are looking for participants for …

The right to shorts

In the fight for gender equity and equality across all facets of sport, it can be really disheartening to find another aspect of the fight that also needs attention. But where there are fights, there are people fighting them. People like Simone Cariss, the Co-Founder, Director and Victorian Representative of Girls’ Uniform Agenda. Girls’ Uniform …

Women in Research: Katie Taylor and women’s American football history

I had the immense pleasure of meeting Katie Taylor three years ago at the International Football History conference in Manchester.  This conference hosts academics and historians who are researching any code of football, though the program is usually dominated by scholars investigating the histories of the world game. I went along to this conference for …

Covering the #womeninsport coverage in the time of COVID-19

Here is the running data from our analysis of mainstream media coverage of women in sport since the coronavirus sent sport into shutdown. We’ve partnered with Swinburne University of Technology to collect this data to measure how women’s sports are being impacted during this time in terms of media coverage, which before COVID-19, was already …