West Bromwich Albion Women are changing their white home shorts to accommodate their players’ menstrual cycles… just months after Lionesses hero Beth Mead revealed she’d highlighted the same issue with sportswear giant Nike
- West Brom Women has changed the color of the home shorts
- The change is effective immediately and the shorts will be navy blue in the future
- Club captain Hannah George expressed her support for the decision
- The move is part of a wider women’s sportswear campaign
West Bromwich Albion Women have changed the color of their playing shorts for the remainder of the 2022/23 season and beyond.
The decision to change the team’s white home shorts to navy blue was made after consulting with the team about the impracticality of wearing white while players are on their periods.
A statement posted on the club website acknowledged that “wearing white clothing during a menstrual period is an issue highlighted by women in all sports” and announced that the issue “will be fully considered” in all future kit designs.
West Brom Women’s captain Hannah George expressed her support for the decision.
“It’s great that the club is supporting our move to navy shorts. Representing the club professionally and looking good in the kit is very important to us.
“This change will help us focus on our performance without added worry or anxiety.”
The move marks the latest example of female athletes campaigning for change regarding white sportswear and menstrual cycles.
West Brom Women will no longer wear white shorts as part of their home kit
In July, activists gathered outside the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to protest the Wimbledon ruling that all players, both men and women, must wear white in competition.
“These archaic rules were written by men years ago and have gotten stricter and stricter over the years.
“It’s time they were rewritten with menstruation in mind.” Gabriella Holmes, one of the co-founders of the ‘Address The Dress Code’ campaign, explains.
In July, a group of protesters called on Wimbledon organizers to lift their all-white dress code for female players who are menstruating
English star Beth Mead spoke to Nike earlier this year about the issue of white shorts in women’s sport
The issue of white shorts in women’s football has also reached the highest levels of the sport.
After Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses kicked off their victorious Euro 2022 campaign with a win over Austria earlier this year, England forward Beth Mead said she had provided kit manufacturer Nike with feedback on the impracticality of female players wearing white shorts.