Scottish Women in Sport launch

Leading British tennis coach Judy Murray and Olympic medal-winning rower Katherine Grainger encountered challenging behaviour and attitudes on their way to the top of their sports.

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They came together on Wednesday to support a new charity formed to challenge inequalities and heighten awareness of women’s role in sport.

Scottish Women in Sport says the current position of female sportstars are undervalued, unrepresented and unknown and that the facts speak for themselves.

Out of the total market sponsorship women received just 0.5%. Men’s sport on the other hand is allocated 60%.

Sports media coverage also favours men, for every 53 articles written about male sporting stars there is just one penned about women.

Female football team Glasgow City has attracted a capacity 1300 crowd for its Champions League last 16 clash with Arsenal on Wednesday but those who run the club say recognition is in short supply.

Next year Scotland will host two huge sporting events and the charity says they will work to ensure all female participants receive an equal share of the cash and the column inches.

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Article thanks to STV