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Volume 10 No. 25
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U.K. Culture Secretary Maria Miller Working On Task Force Devoted To Women In Sports

The "first woman of English football, a former England women’s cricket captain and a global fund manager with nine children are among the leading figures on a task force set up by ministers to encourage more women into sport," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. U.K. Culture Secretary Maria Miller has recruited Premier League West Ham Vice-Chair Karren Brady, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) head of women's cricket Clare Connor and Netwon Investment CEO Helena Morrisey "to help to address inequality." The strategy group, which includes BT Sport Dir Simon Green and politician Tracey Crouch, will hold its first meeting in the autumn. It will "examine ways to encourage girls to become more physically active as well as how more women can be placed in leadership roles in sport." Miller, who is also the Women & Equalities Minister, "wants equal opportunities from the grassroots to the boardroom to be a legacy of the London Olympics," where female athletes won 36% of Britain’s medals. Miller: "This advisory group will bring a wealth of experience and ideas to the table about how we can break down some of the barriers that still remain" (LONDON TIMES, 7/20).