Danielle Carter is delighted with the step that Arsenal’s store has taken towards equality for the women’s team.
The Gunners have a new section in their store, where you can buy the 2017/18 kit with the women’s team names on the back.
Carter has spoken out in support of the small but significant step towards equality in the women’s game, as fans can now buy a shirt with a female Arsenal player on the back without having to have the name specifically printed.
To some this means nothing but this is a step for us. A small one but nonetheless one in the right direction ☺️✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/Ev2PlMFe75
— Danielle Carter (@DanielleCarter) August 4, 2017
While this is a positive step, there are still some kinks which need to be ironed out.
Daily Cannon’s Arsenal women’s football correspondent, Sylvain Jamet, was at the store two weeks ago and says that they didn’t have many of the women’s players in the popular third kit. However, this could change with time and the club are most likely still trying to get an idea of how high demand is.
This move from Arsenal comes a week after the club announced that it’s decided to drop ‘Ladies’ from their name and just refer to themselves as Arsenal, the same as the men’s team, or Arsenal Women in times where clarification is needed.
The Gunners have always been at the forefront of women’s football and these steps prove that they’re constantly trying to think of new ways to make the sport more equal.
Captain Alex Scott described the name change as a ‘bold statement of intent, support and unity’, telling Arsenal’s website, “The term ‘Women’ delineates between men and women without as many stereotypes or preconceived notions and it is in keeping with modern day thinking on equality.”
Hopefully, other clubs will follow in Arsenal’s footsteps so that women’s teams are no longer just seen as spin-offs of the men’s side, but teams in their own right who represent the badge every bit as much as their male counterparts.
Well done again, Arsenal.