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Study reveals high levels of discrimination against women in football

Women in Football chair Ebru Koksal. Photo by Stuart Franklin – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Two-thirds of women working in football have experienced discrimination but only 12% reported it to the relevant authorities, according to a study conducted by Women in Football.

The network revealed the findings of its largest-ever survey on Thursday morning, polling over 4,000 members and revealing only 59% believe their organisation celebrates female talent.

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The most common form of discrimination was described as “misused banter” with 52% reporting they had either experienced or witnessed this with 82% stating they had face further obstacles in their football industry career.

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Two-thirds of women in football have experienced discrimination, says report

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Two-thirds of women who work in football have experienced gender discrimination, a new study reports.

The survey for Women in Football,external-link which represents more than 4,000 women who work across the football industry, also found that 34% of respondents had witnessed gender discrimination.

However, 66% of respondents did say they felt supported by their employer.

Ebru Koksal, chair of Women in Football, said feedback on issues women faced made for “heartbreaking reading”.

“One story of bias, outdated perceptions and outright bullying is one too many,” Koksal added.

“There is still a lot of work to do to ensure that women are encouraged to forge careers in the industry and this is where Women in Football will continue to play a big part.

“It is our intention to drive the agenda forward together and to harness the power of our joint expertise, knowledge, skills, and experience to create improvements for

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California’s Prop 16 would allow discrimination against women

Proposition 16 seeks to repeal the provision of the California Constitution that prohibits discrimination and preferential treatment on the basis of race and sex in public education, employment and contracting. That provision was put there by Prop 209 in 1996.

Little has been said about how this repeal effort could have the unintended consequence of furthering discrimination against women in college admissions.

Reports of discrimination against women in college admissions have been widespread since at least 2006, when Kenyon College Dean of Admissions Jennifer Delahunty Britz wrote in the New York Times, “The reality is that because young men are rarer, they’re more valued applicants. … The standards for admission to today’s most selective colleges are stiffer for women than men.” A year later, Henry Broaddus, dean of admissions at the College of William & Mary, acknowledged that his institution gives preference to men: “We are the College of William

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Black women sue Denver over alleged racial, gender discrimination in fire department

Two Black women sued the city of Denver on Wednesday over allegations that members of the Denver Fire Department systematically discriminated against them both because of their gender and their race.

Da Lesha Allen and Charmaine Cassie say they unfairly faced tougher standards and stricter scrutiny than their white male colleagues, and that colleagues and supervisors made racist comments about their hair and bodies and applied racist stereotypes to the women after they joined the department in 2019 and 2018, respectively.

One fire captain told Cassie that she would struggle to get through the fire department’s training program because of the department’s culture, and said that she should “keep her head down and act like a slave” in order to graduate from the training, according to the lawsuit.

A lieutenant commented several times on Cassie’s body, including declaring that she had a “big butt,” according to the federal lawsuit. In

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