It’s not like we can choose our gender, and growing up as the youngest sibling and only girl has taught me that gender is, to be honest, pretty irrelevant. With three older brothers, I was always accepted as an equal rather than being excluded because I wasn’t a boy. In fact, they considered me so much of an equal that it resulted in various trips to A&E! However, my family has been the only aspect of my life where I have gained such easy acceptance in such a male dominated crowd.
International Women’s Day tackles these issues, and gives those left excluded a voice, which is vital to female equality. I don’t for a second believe that we live in a man’s world, women have given us far too much evidence to accept that.
Being female to me means pushing for equality in all aspects of my life. I believe in equal rights for every group within society, not just women. We are not there yet, but with the strong charismatic figures that I have seen whilst growing up, I have no doubt that equality is an achievable aim. We have come so far in the last decade, with the same momentum and awareness around equality, the next ten years should bring a lot more, positive change.
2. What is the importance of sport in your life?
Sport has become a massive part of my life since my early teens, and prevented me from becoming more wide than I am tall.
From hockey to rugby I’ve loved taking part in team sports, which support you on and off the pitch. However, I can’t say that I have participated in the more male dominated sports, such as rugby, without experiencing an array of sexist comments … as if that would ever deter me from playing.
UYHC has never been like this for me. As one of the largest mixed gender clubs, the support that comes from every team from both sides of the club has offered a positive atmosphere for the women of UYHC.
3. What has been your best achievment since being in UYHC?
Getting a hat-trick in some random Yorkshire League game in my first year – everyone else may have forgotten this … I haven’t.
Or Arter allowing me to drive to matches this year after the amount of effort put into passing my driving test. Everyone always shot gun’s not coming in my car … still can’t decide why.
4. How has UYHC shaped you as a person?
UYHC has given me a friendship group that I feel comfortable in, so by extension, I have my voice. I have no idea where I would be if I had never joined the club and met these people – probably would have dropped out by now.
"International Women’s Day tackles these issues, and gives those left excluded a voice, which is vital to female equality."
"UYHC has given me a friendship group that I feel comfortable in, so by extension, I have my voice."