Unequal media coverage of women’s sport highlighted at launch of new Scots charity

THE inequalities faced by girls and women in having their sporting endeavours reported in the media has been highlighted today, with the launch of a new Scots charity.

It is being reported that, for every 53 articles written about male sporting stars there is just one penned about women.

Says STV, tennis coach, Judy Murray, and Olympic gold medallist, Katherine Grainger, have lent their support to new charity, Scottish Women in Sport.

Murray is quoted by Sky Sports, saying: “Only three per cent of sports journalists are women and only five per cent of media coverage is on women’s sport. We need more women’s sport on TV. If more women can see it, they might be encouraged to take it up.”

Laura Montgomery, club manager of leading Scots football club, Glasgow City – playing Arsenal this evening in the last 16 of the women’s UEFA Champions League – was quoted on Monday in The Independent newspaper, saying: “Without doubt there’s a number of really misogynist, negative opinions about not just women’s football but women’s sport and women playing sport. It’s difficult to change attitudes.”