“When I was young, I realized there’s something about cycling that makes people think that anyone who is good at it is male, and then I realized that every sport was like that.”
Journalist Laura Robinson
knows first-hand the challenges of being a woman in sport. A three-time Ontario cycling champion, 1979 Ontario and Canadian rowing champion, active Nordic skier and runner, Robinson recalls an active childhood in which she was encouraged by her family to pursue her love for athletics. She was surprised and angered to find, even at a young age, that the sports in which she participated, and sports in general, were not welcoming to girls and women.
Read some of Laura’s articles at playthegame.org
Community Dinner Wednesday 19 October 2011
Too Many Men on the Ice: What the World Would Look Like If Don Cherry Were a Woman
What if a woman who spoke about the courageous fights women have every day – for equal pay, a harassment-free workplace, for reproductive choice, good daycare, for an end to violence against women, for equal opportunities on the playing field as an athlete or as an executive − dressed up in brightly coloured clothes, was paid exorbitant amounts of money by the public broadcaster, and commanded the national airwaves?
What if opera, ballet, great concerts, or women’s soccer preempted the national news instead of hockey?
What would Canada look like?
What would the world look like?
Hear Marianne Wright pay tribute to boxer, Mary Spencer at the 2011 Community Dinner: