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This is my contribution to gender equality in sport.My research into the conditions for women working in the Australian sporting sector began in 2017 out of curiosity to go beyond my experiences and observations and understand the reality of women working there. With my corporate executive and sporting director background and experience as a gender diversity expert, I thought I would not be surprised by the data. On the contrary, I was staggered—the statistics relating to gender inequality in the Australian sporting sector were much worse than anticipated. Compared with other industries, sport and recreation scores higher than average in gender inequality.
I was astounded by the gaps in sheer numbers and lack of parity, especially in pay. And so, I decided to go beyond the existing data and conduct my research. My research shed light on the endemic issues, barriers and systematic discrimination faced by women in the sporting sector.
This research has morphed into a podcast, with each season featuring interviews with people changing the game for women in sport, on and off the playing field.
Find out more about my research HERE, including how to download my easy-to-read reports on the status quo and what to do about it.

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Advancing Women in Sport Michelle Redfern

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This is my contribution to gender equality in sport.My research into the conditions for women working in the Australian sporting sector began in 2017 out of curiosity to go beyond my experiences and observations and understand the reality of women working there. With my corporate executive and sporting director background and experience as a gender diversity expert, I thought I would not be surprised by the data. On the contrary, I was staggered—the statistics relating to gender inequality in the Australian sporting sector were much worse than anticipated. Compared with other industries, sport and recreation scores higher than average in gender inequality.
I was astounded by the gaps in sheer numbers and lack of parity, especially in pay. And so, I decided to go beyond the existing data and conduct my research. My research shed light on the endemic issues, barriers and systematic discrimination faced by women in the sporting sector.
This research has morphed into a podcast, with each season featuring interviews with people changing the game for women in sport, on and off the playing field.
Find out more about my research HERE, including how to download my easy-to-read reports on the status quo and what to do about it.

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    Levelling the Playing Field on Boards with Molina Asthana

    Levelling the Playing Field on Boards with Molina Asthana

    In this episode of The Advancing Women in Sport podcast, Molina Asthana joins as a guest to discuss her trailblazing career in the legal and sporting industries.
    Molina shares her story of growing up in India, where girls' participation in sports was not encouraged. She found inspiration in the Australian sporting culture. She began running and participating in fun runs, which helped her gain confidence, make friends, and find support. Molina emphasises the benefits of sports for women from diverse backgrounds, including a sense of belonging and building self-assurance.
    The conversation focuses on several key topics, including Molina's unconventional journey into sports administration and governance, her experiences navigating challenges as a woman of colour in both the legal and sporting sectors and the importance of diversity in leadership. Molina also discusses her advocacy work for women from multicultural backgrounds, highlighting how her initiatives aim to create more inclusive sports communities and opportunities for participation at all levels. Finally, she shares her vision for the future of women in sports, emphasising the importance of continued advocacy, policy change, and the role of allies in achieving gender equality in sports.
    Join us to hear Molina's inspiring accomplishments and learn more about her experiences in the legal and sporting industries. Gain insight into why sports are vital for women from diverse backgrounds. You can find Molina on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/molina-asthana-gaicd-0922b1104/
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    • 39 min
    Levelling the Playing Field in Sports Governance with Dr. Catherine Ordway

    Levelling the Playing Field in Sports Governance with Dr. Catherine Ordway

    In this episode of the Advancing Women in Sport podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Catherine Ordway, Associate Professor of Sports Management at the University of Canberra. Dr. Ordway, a trailblazer in sports law and advocacy, shared her journey from a young lawyer to a critical influencer in sports integrity, ethics, and leadership. She detailed her instrumental role in establishing Women on Boards. She highlighted the slow yet evolving progress in gender diversity in sports governance. Emphasising the need for practical actions to overcome resistance, Dr Ordway conveyed optimism about the future of women in sports, citing the rise in professionalism and visibility of female athletes. This conversation underscored the significance of male allies in championing gender equality and the collective efforts required to create systemic change in the sports industry. You can find Catherine on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherineordway/
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    • 47 min
    Levelling the Playing Field in Boxing with Ellen Connor

    Levelling the Playing Field in Boxing with Ellen Connor

    In this episode of the Advancing Women in Sports podcast, I was delighted to chat with Ellen Connor, a pioneering NCCP-certified level one boxing Canada coach and the founder of a non-profit Boxing Club and West Coast Wonder Women. Ellen shared her unique journey, starting with her experiences in the Canadian Navy at 19, where she first encountered the stark realities of gender inequality. This early exposure to a male-dominated environment shaped her resolve to create equitable opportunities for women in sports, particularly boxing.
    Ellen's entry into the boxing world began as a means to rebuild her self-confidence after personal challenges. Her first boxing match at 40 was a transformative experience, igniting her passion to advocate for women's opportunities in the sport. She observed how female boxers often fight for reasons beyond competition – seeking empowerment, resilience, and self-affirmation. Recognising the lack of platforms for women in boxing, she established the West Coast Wonder Women, an inclusive event offering a stage for female boxers of all backgrounds and ages.
    Ellen's advocacy extends beyond the ring. She emphasises the importance of redefining success in sports, advocating for inclusivity and equality, and challenging the status quo in male-dominated domains. Her efforts reflect a commitment to fostering talent and building a supportive community where women uplift each other. Ellen's story is a testament to the power of women's resilience and her leadership in creating inclusive spaces in sports. You can find Ellen at https://westcoastwonderwomen.net, and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/westcoastwonderwomenplus/
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    • 50 min
    Levelling the Playing Field in FIFA with Angelica Georgopoulos

    Levelling the Playing Field in FIFA with Angelica Georgopoulos

    In this episode of the Advancing Women in Sport podcast, I talked with Angelica Georgopoulos, a 24-year-old ambitious to become FIFA's first female president. Angelica highlighted the ongoing issues of gender inequality in sports, highlighting the need for better education and increased awareness. Our discussion covered the challenges of gendered language in the workplace, the importance of addressing exclusionary behaviour, and the value of active listening to understand women's experiences in sports. Angelica shared her hands-on approach to dealing with gendered uniform issues at the Strathfield Strikers Football Club, illustrating her commitment to inclusive sports. She also offered practical advice to young women aspiring to leadership roles in sports. She stressed the importance of diversifying leadership within sports administration. You can find Angelica on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelica-georgopoulos-79313418a/
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    • 42 min
    Levelling the Playing Field in the AFL with Diana Taylor AM

    Levelling the Playing Field in the AFL with Diana Taylor AM

    On the latest episode of the Advancing Women in Sport podcast, I spoke with Diana Taylor, a trailblazer as the first female Vice President of the Geelong Football Club. Diana recounted her transition from a young lawyer to a prominent figure in sports administration. A proponent of the quota system, she highlighted the importance of creating distinct pathways for women's leadership positions. Diana emphasised the necessity of a robust support network and maintaining professional poise in the face of adversity. Our discussion also touched upon the responsibility of sports administrators to foster gender-inclusive environments and the usefulness of skills matrices in evaluating team dynamics. Diana's positive outlook is fueled by her experiences at AFLW games, reflecting the increasing enthusiasm and advocacy for women's sports. You can find Diana at dianataylor.com.au,  on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianataylorgeelong/ and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dianataylorgeelong/
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    • 41 min
    Levelling the Playing Field in Media with Jordan Robinson

    Levelling the Playing Field in Media with Jordan Robinson

    In this episode of the Advancing Women in Sport podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jordan Robinson, a remarkable freelance writer and host in the sports journalism world. Based in Los Angeles, Jordan's contributions have been featured in GQ and Essence, and she co-hosts the engaging podcast ""Queens of the Court"" with Sheryl Swoopes.
    My conversation with Jordan explored her journey from a basketball-loving young woman to a prominent voice in sports journalism. Her dedication to highlighting the WNBA and women's sports stems from personal experiences and a deep understanding of the need for representation in sports media.
    Jordan's path was challenging; she faced scepticism and pressure to conform to traditional sports narratives. Her determination to spotlight the WNBA and her focus on human stories within sports are inspiring. As a woman of colour, she emphasises the importance of sharing the often-overlooked stories of black women athletes.
    We discussed the challenges and triumphs of being a trailblazer in sports media. Jordan's story is a testament to resilience, understanding your own worth, and the significance of a supportive network.
    You can find Jordan at https://jordanrobinson.media/
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    • 49 min

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