Editor's note

This month, the biopic of jockey Michelle Payne’s life, Ride like a girl, will open in cinemas. Payne became a household name in 2015 when she became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup - and at 100-1 odds.

And as Michelle O'Shea writes, while Payne’s famous victory may have encouraged other young women to take up the sport, there remains an entrenched and deeply sexist culture within racing that still does not make women feel entirely welcome.

While about 30% of Australian jockeys are now women, and they have an impressive record, they can still struggle to get Group 1 rides. And research has found they are subjected to discrimination such as commentary on their physical appearance or unwanted sexual advances.

So while we can all still celebrate Payne’s success, until there are more women in the sport’s upper echelons - as administrators and trainers - its culture will remain hard to shift.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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