What is ‘The 52’?

Want to know more about The 52? Then you’ve found the right place! Check out some FAQs below.

What is The 52?
Set up in June 2018, The 52 was initially a year-long project designed to champion inspirational individuals, groups, teams and schemes in women’s sport to try and boost their level of media coverage.

This focused on profiling a number of incredible women from all areas of sport, with nearly 6,300 hits on the website across the 52 weeks.

However having seen such a desire for women’s sports we weren’t going to rest on our laurels and The 52 was re-branded – as well as continuing to promote the plethora of awe-inspiring athletes we will also be using the blog to discuss and uncover some of the biggest issues facing female athletes every day.

We are hoping to welcome on plenty of regular and one-off guest writers as well as founder Will Moulton – more news to come soon!

What inspired you to write this?
Sitting in the audience at the 2018 Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards, I was frustrated. Not frustrated at the event – it was a fantastic and inspirational night – but frustrated at myself for not knowing the names of every single athlete there.

I recognised rugby players Rachael Burford and Tamara Taylor, Olympic silver medalist Bryony Page and Team GB bobsledders Mica McNeill and Mica Moore amongst a number of others, but there were also others whose faces I knew but names I didn’t until I checked on Google. More embarrassingly, there were some who were quite clearly athletes but I just had no idea who they were.

This was made even worse by the fact that I’m in a very small minority who would be able to name all of these fantastic sporting stars. And it made me realise that, despite all the fantastic advances in coverage of and respect given towards women’s sport in recent years, there is still a long way to go.

It has always confounded me just how differently people have viewed women’s sport to men’s. Having grown up in a household where my sister was encouraged to play sport from an early age and being surrounded by plenty of athletic female friends at school, it never ever occurred to me that women’s sport should be seen any differently to men’s.

But as I got into journalism I started noticing just how little coverage there was of women’s sport and actively sought to change this. In the society we live in, there is no reason for this inequality and fortunately there are plenty of other journalists like me who are slowly starting to remove the archaic and incorrect stereotypes attached to women’s sport.

Therefore the aim of this blog is to help push forward those changes, to put women’s sport in the spotlight alongside the men – where it belongs.

I am not a big name, I don’t have much budget to promote this but hopefully my passion  will come across and I can help change perceptions and increase visibility of women’s sport.

Since The 52 was set up in June 2018 it’s been fantastic to see the likes of the BBC, The Telegraph and GiveMeSport their own women’s sport projects (we like to think we inspired them). But this isn’t enough – every media outlets needs to have equal coverage and we will continue our project until the day that eventually happens.

Where can I read the posts?
Here – https://the52blog.co.uk/blog-posts/

I can see other blog posts?
Not to worry, that’s from when I was writing under the ‘Ransports’ guise! Feel free to have a read of them as well though, I hope there’s some good stuff in there!

I want to see someone/something named in The 52 – can I nominate them?
Yes please! This blog is to promote women’s sport as a whole, no matter what it is. If you know of someone or something who is doing fantastic work then please email me at editor@the52blog.co.uk.

Can I follow you on social?
We are currently on Twitter – @the_52blog. We also have a Facebook page as well which you can find by searching for ‘The 52 Blog’. We currently aren’t on Instagram but if you think this should change let me know!

Why should I care?
Women’s sport is just as fantastic as men’s, yet they are still treated as second-rate to them in so many cases. In the 21st century this is just not on and, if you love sport, this is something we should all be aiming to change.

We will not rest until there is true gender equality in sports media coverage.

 

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