Back in 1900 the first 22 women, out of a total of 997 athletes, took part. As recently as 1984, at the Los Angeles Games, the number of women involved remained less than a quarter. Four years ago in Beijing it was 43% and in London it will be 44%.
Should we be celebrating how far women in sport have come or lamenting the fact that there is still so much further they could go?
Female athletes are still speaking publicly about the pressures faced by women in sport, women’s sports command a fraction of the sponsorship or media attention that men's sports do.
Who should be blame: the media, the sponsors, or perhaps this isn’t a problem at all?
VOR’s Polina Boiko discusses this with Tim Woodhouse, the Head of Policy at the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation; Mike Buchanan from the ANTI-FEMINISM LEAGUE; a Professor Mary Evans from the London School of Economics Gender Institute.