This week’s WIT Friday Links takes on a sports theme. At the time of writing the group stage of the UEFA 2020 Men’s Euro football tournament is done and dusted (n.b. the 2021 Women’s European Championship in England was rescheduled to accommodate the men’s edition, which was due to take place in 2020 but was pushed back a year as football attempts to get to grips with the coronavirus crisis) and we are into the final 16 teams, matches resume on Saturday 26 June, which gives us a small window to take a look at the state of women’s football and other sports.


Two-thirds of women working in football have experienced gender discrimination in the workplace, according to Women in Football’s biggest survey.


What the Women’s World Cup says about gender inequality


U.S. Women Soccer Players Settle Claims in Gender-Bias Case

In 2019, for the first time in 40 years, women were finally permitted to attend football matches in Iran. In 2006 when the film Offside was released, this was not the case.

Offside (2006) Jafar Panahi, Full HD with English Subtitles:


‘Shameful’: Uefa blocks LGBTQ+ rainbow stadium protest in Munich


But what about the Olympics?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which is just around the corner has suffered its fair share of sexism:

Tokyo Olympics Hits a New Roadblock: Sexism. Sexist comments from the organizing committee head underline Japan’s deep-seated gender issues.


A one minute thirty four second account of sexist media coverage of sportswomen in the 2016 Olympics


Dealing with sexism in sport and life with round the world sailor – Tracy Edwards


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New books in critical theory Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein "Data feminism" (MIT press, 2020).

Finally, two fascinating WIT events in the coming days

"Anti-Harassment Framework and Support Structures" with Louise Carvalho
When?  29 Jun 2021, 12:15 → 13:15
Are you curious about the Anti-Harassment Framework at CERN? How much do you know about the CERN's Response Channel? What are the examples of behaviour that should not be tolerated?
Register on our Indico page:

Unconscious Bias in Academia, Eileen Schwanold, Diversity Office Hamburg University

When?  1 Jul 2021, 12:15 → 13:45
It is an undeniable fact that everyone is biased to a certain extent. But being biased comes with a cost – for the individual as well as for society as a whole. Therefore, it's worth having a closer look at where our biases come from why they still have such a strong impact on our perceptions and decision-making. This introductory talk will give a condensed overview about the phenomenon “Unconscious Bias”, the science behind it and its relevance for academia.

Register on our Indico page: (restricted access, let us know if you have problems registering).


Wishing you a lovely weekend



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