Christian Petracca after Melbourne's loss to Sydney in Opening Round, 2024. Picture: AFL Photos

AFL Daily host Nat Edwards says International Women's Day on March 8 has given her cause to reflect on how much the role of women in footy has changed during her time in the industry, but the work's not done yet. 

Edwards said she was dismissive of International Women's Day as a teenager, but her perspective had changed as she pursued a career in football and sports media. 


"I've been criticised for how I look, how I sound and how I dress. Criticised for not having played the game at the highest level. I've been subjected to vile taunts ... (but) the space I work in has come a long way in the 15 years since I started," Edwards said on Friday's episode of AFL Daily.

Nat Edwards and Cal Twomey at the 2022 NAB AFL Draft Combine. Picture: AFL Photos

"From often being the only female in the changerooms after a game, to now being surrounded by women at footy press conferences, and seeing more women in the media and commentary box at the weekend.
"I’m proud to be part of the change ... we’ve made ground.

"Is it enough? Not by any stretch and we all have work harder to ensure the sports media space is a culturally safe place for all people, regardless of gender, race or religion.
"So today, I just want to remind everyone to be open minded. Don’t be 16-year-old me, and roll your eyes at the thought of International Women’s Day.
"Listen. Have an uncomfortable conversation. Ask questions. Challenge your friends when you see discrimination or disrespectful or violent behaviour towards women."

Also in today's AFL Daily episode, Nat and Damo discuss: 

- New year, same old Demons after Opening Round fadeout
- Grundy thrashed Gawn when it mattered most
- Fly's Pies are 'smelling the roses' after their flag and Damo loves it
- All the ins and outs for the rest of Opening Round

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