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Pro Sports Gender Equity Finds a Haven Down Under –

Today’s guest columnist is Rick Burton of Syracuse University.

There’s a very funny comedian in Australia named Jimmy Rees, and during COVID-19’s worst moments, he created a humorous running commentary on social media called “Meanwhile in Australia.”

I thought about Rees during a recent three-state tour of Australia with a group of Syracuse University undergraduate students taking a study-abroad course focused on Australian sport, history and culture. During our nearly three weeks Down Under, we heard from professors, historians and sport industry executives who provided an intimate glimpse at Australia’s sporting landscape.

By the end of the trip, I was thinking the course should’ve been called “Meanwhile in Gender Equity Australia,” because we saw and heard about a wide variety of fascinating initiatives that made my contemporary American…


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