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Paris 2024: The first gender-equal Olympics

Strides forward for women in the Olympics

Paris 2024 marks the first-ever gender-equal Olympic Games – the first time there have been 50% female and 50% male athletes competing since the modern Olympics began in 1896.

To celebrate this milestone (although we agree this should not have taken 128 years) we want to recognise the female athletes who have helped break boundaries and driven the successes of women’s sport.

Throughout this summer’s games we will be sharing the medal tally by country. But ours’ will be a little different, we will be showcasing how many medals have been won by female vs male athletes. The big question is will that alter the overall rankings?

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A monumental milestone

This year also marks a monumental milestone for Women in Sport – our 40th anniversary. For four decades, we have championed the rights of women and girls by breaking barriers and challenging their exclusion from sport.

2024 also commemorates 40 years since women were first allowed to run the Olympic Marathon, a victory achieved after nearly 100 years of persistent campaigning.

There have been significant strides made in the last forty years, but we know there is still a long way to go to achieve absolute and sustainable parity in sport for women and girls from elite to grassroots, athletes to coaches.

Joan Benoit winning the first ever women's Olympic marathon

How you can get involved in Paris 2024

Join our Olympic sweepstake

Why not use our medal breakdown to surcharge a sweepstake with your colleagues or friends?

You could even flip the traditional approach on its head and instead see which country has the most female athletes winning medals. If previous Olympic Games are anything to go by, you’ll find there is a shake-up in the countries claiming the top spots…

Taking part in our Olympic sweepstake and fundraising for Women in Sport, is not just a bit of fun – you’ll also be helping our charity to create long-lasting positive change for women and girls in sport and society.

Now that’s an Olympic legacy to be proud of!

Click below to find out how you can join in:

Olympic sweepstakes


Host an Olympics-themed quiz

If that’s not enough, we have an epic Women in Sport quiz too. From key historical moments and iconic female athletes across the ages, through to myths that kept women on the side-lines for too long – this is not one to miss.

Take it along to your local pub, sports club or even your next work social and get people talking about women’s sport through the Olympics.

Keen to show off your knowledge, or just want to learn something new?

For the full quiz package, email us at info@womeninsport.org and we can help you make this a fundraiser to remember.

Paris 2024 quiz

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