Women in Sport’s vision is that no one is excluded from the joy, fulfilment and lifelong benefits of sport. Yet all too often, women and girls are still missing out.
In 1984, the year women were first allowed to take part in the Olympic marathon, four inspirational advocates for gender equality started a new movement to champion women’s sport in the UK. The Women’s Sport Foundation, now Women in Sport, was formed.
Inspired by Billie Jean King’s U.S. charity, Derek Wyatt, an early male ally, convened a meeting of four extraordinary women: Dr Anita White OBE, Professor Celia Brackenridge CBE, Sue Campbell, Baroness Campbell of Loughborough DBE, and Professor Margaret Talbot OBE.
These women, all talented sportswomen, shared the belief that sport could transform lives and that girls and women were missing out. Angered by the lack of opportunity for women and girls in sport at every level, and frustrated by the paltry recognition for women’s sporting achievements, they set out on a journey for change.