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  • 05 June 2015 00:00
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Women's Sport Week: Elite sportswomen suffer sexism

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A survey conducted by BBC Sport shows that more than 40% of elite sportswomen in Great Britain have experienced sexism but only 7% have reported it. 

There have been many identified reasons as to why the women did not report the sexism they experienced with one athlete suggesting that she felt it could affect her selection chances while another athlete stated that inequality is normal. 

The survey was carried out as part of Women’s Sport Week and the results showed that:

43% of female athletes said they do not believe their governing body supports them and male colleagues equally.
More than two-thirds said they could not make a living as a sportswomen.
All but 11 of the respondents believe the media should promote women's sport better.
Nearly 50 elite sportswomen said they had been criticised on social media about their appearance, or even 'trolled'.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch coaches a girls' football team and believes more needs to be done to "stamp out" sexism, while cautioning that it is difficult to eradicate such behaviour without it being reported.

"I would really encourage people to come forward and report it if they are seeing incidences of sexism," Crouch said. "It shouldn't be tolerated and we need to make sure we're doing all we can to stamp it out."

With many sportswomen failing to make a living from their sport and with men in the same sport earning far more is it time that equality in sport is thrown into the limelight to allow female athletes to have the same experiences as their male counterparts. 

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