Shorts, hockey sticks & a women’s sport movement: athlete-academic-activist

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Profile photo of Commonwealth Gold Medal winner, Tess Howard.

About this event

Tess Howard, 24, is a Great Britain and England hockey player, with a Commonwealth Gold Medal and over 75 caps and 30 goals for her country.

In 2023, she was voted winner of The Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year ‘Changemaker’ Award for changing the international hockey regulations to allow players to wear shorts and skirts in the same team, giving choice when previously you could only wear skirts as women.

This game-change was born out her Durham University undergraduate dissertation, published in March 2023, investigating whether female school sports kit was ‘practical, professional or patriarchal?’ Her research, finding over 70 percent of women have seen girls drop out of sport because of sports kit concerns, went viral into media such as The Guardian, The BBC, The Telegraph, The New York Times, Sky Sports, Channel 4. This is her story of athlete to academic to activist.

This FREE event is open to the general public, as well as to ARU staff and students.

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