women in racing

National Museum Of Racing To Host Women In Racing Symposium Aug. 19

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present a symposium on Sunday, Aug. 19 featuring accomplished women involved in various aspects of thoroughbred racing. Comprised of seven of the most recognizable women in the sport — Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot, champion steeplechase jockey Blythe […]

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‘You Have To Keep Your Mouth Shut’: Some Jockeys Say Sexism, Harassment Rampant At The Track

When the horses go to the post for this weekend’s Belmont, NBC New York noted Thursday, there will be no female jockeys aboard any of them. The last woman to ride in the race was Rosie Napravnik in 2014 aboard General a Rod. In fact, just 8 percent of riders in North America are female. […]

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Australia’s First Licensed Female Jockey Lived As A Man

ABC News Australia looked back this week at the life of Wilhemena “Bill” Smith, who is believed to be the country’s first female jockey. Smith, who was born in 1886 and orphaned while she was young, went by “Bill” and lived most of her life as a man. The report says it’s unclear when or […]

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Report: Men Paid 16 Percent More Than Women At British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced its gender pay gap figures which show an average gender pay gap of 16 percent (mean) and 15 percent (median). The report, which can be found here, also lists the bonus pay gap, the proportion of employees receiving a bonus and the number of female and male […]

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British Racing Series For Female Jockeys To Be Expanded In 2018

British racing’s Silk Series – a series of races open only to female jockeys – is set to be expanded this year, coming to four new racetracks between June and September. Prize money for the series will also increase 50 percent. A total of 13 races will take place across 13 tracks with £150,000 up for […]

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Hollywood Initiative Reaching Out To Agricultural Workers Experiencing Sexual Assault, Harassment

Months after the #metoo movement began to shine a light on sexual assault and harassment, over 300 prominent actresses, writers, directors, and other entertainment executives have announced a new campaign designed to help blue-collar women — including those working in agriculture. According to a report by NPR, a new campaign called Time’s Up will work […]

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Sexual Harassment In Racing And Why The Industry Is Not Ready For ‘Silence Breakers’

In the broader news world, every morning seems to bring a new name of a high-profile man accused of sexual harassment or assault, followed by (sometimes) swift removal of Hollywood stars, producers, political figures, writers, and news anchors from their jobs. As Time magazine put it in its Person of the Year article on ‘Silence […]

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Kelleway: More Reports Of Alleged Sexual Harassment In Racing Industry

After her allegations of sexual harassment were released in a newspaper interview earlier this month, former-jockey-turned-trainer Gay Kelleway told skysports.com that another 12 individuals have reached out to her with similar experiences. While Kelleway has chosen to speak out against the abuse, she said it is understandable that others may want to stay silent. “Some (people […]

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New Organization To Help Women Break Into Horse Racing Industry

Young women looking to break into the Thoroughbred business will soon have a central network of allies to help them do it. Anna Seitz and Donna Barton Brothers announced the creation of the Thoroughbred Women’s Network during a panel on women in racing at the Ownerview National Owner Conference during Breeders’ Cup week. The Network […]

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British Jockey Speaks Out About Sexual Assault, Harassment In Male-Dominated Industry

Gay Kelleway, trainer and former top female jockey in Britain, is speaking out this week about sexual assault and harassment which she said were constants during her career. Kelleway recalled one incident in which an unnamed male jockey, who she said is known to millions of fans, pushed her against a wall in a changing […]

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