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Women and Sport in Australia—New Times?


Toffoletti, K and Palmer, C, Women and Sport in Australia New Times?, Journal of Australian Studies, 43, (1) pp. 1-6. ISSN 1444-3058 (2019) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14443058.2019.1579081


It would seem there has never been a better time to be a woman in Australian sport. Recent changes in the Australian sport landscape have drawn the public’s attention to issues of gender progress. Notable among these developments was the launch of the Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) and Super Netball competitions in 2017. Both competitions marked a new phase for players of these sports. The AFLW offered women, for the first time, an opportunity to play Australian rules football at an elite, national level. Super Netball ushered in an unprecedented broadcast deal that is reaping significant financial dividends, forming part of the push to further professionalise the sport. This was followed in 2018 by the inaugural State of Origin and national rugby league women’s (NRLW) competition. At the time of writing this editorial, the national women’s soccer team, the Matildas, are positioned sixth in FIFA World rankings (their male counterparts, the Socceroos, sit at 36th), the Jillaroos hold the Women’s Rugby League World Cup title, and the Australian Women’s Cricket Team claimed their fourth T20 tournament victory in 2018, off the back of reclaiming the Ashes the previous year. Moreover, a historic pay deal in 2017 has made playing full-time cricket a viable career option for women.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:sport, feminism, gender
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Organised sports
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:131110
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-03-02
Last Modified:2019-03-05

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