“At odds with modern society” was Formula 1’s reasoning for getting rid of grid daughters for the upcoming season.
The decision marked the end of the decades-old practice of hiring often scantily-clad women for promotional undertakings – like holding umbrellas and driver name committees before each race.
It followed closely behind the Professional Darts Corporation which said last week that walk-on girls were gonna be no more .
Grid girl Charlotte Gash told BBC Radio 5 live she was upset and “rather disgusted” that F1 had “given in to the minority to be politically correct”.
And Charlotte Wood, a walk-on girl at darts matches said her “rights are being taken away” and that working at such events accounted for 60% of her income.
But for some the move is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Women’s Sport Trust is encouraging other athletics to follow suit and stop positioning girls “as an embellishment”.
So which other main sports are under the spotlight?
If you have ever watched a professional boxing match, you will probably have assured a woman – usually wearing a revealing outfit – walking around the ring between rounds.
The job of a “ring girl” is to let the crowd know which round is coming up by holding up numbered cards.
They have been considered part of the glamour of battle promotion since the 1960 s.
Leading promoter Eddie Hearn, whose fighters include WBA heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua, has no intention of following the trend by removing ring-card daughters from his shows.
He told GQ magazine : “From a boxing point of view, we want to keep the traditions of the sport running and in my opinion it has nothing to do with sexism or feminism.”
He added that in darts “walk-on girls aren’t truly doing anything”, whereas the boxing ring card girls “serve a purpose”.
But British professional boxer Stacey Copeland says the practice is “inappropriate” in a sport arena. She utilizes children as mascots at her battles instead of ring girls.
The Stockport-born fighter told BBC 5 live: “Just because it’s always been that way in darts, Formula 1 and boxing, it doesn’t inevitably make it right.”
“I’m not a snob, I’m not prudish, I don’t look down on anyone that does those roles … but as a sportswoman trying to gain respect and push things forward for women in athletic -( ring girls) are an issue.”
This is because, Ms Copeland adds, “their role is only to do with how they appear – I don’t think that’s the most positive representation of women in sport”.
“In football we’re very used to seeing child mascots. I think if we were to replace all of those children with women only standing there in garbs for no apparent reason, it would seem odd.”
Another sport that traditionally utilizes women around promotional roles is cycling – where they are called podium hostesses.
The debate over their future surfaced after Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan was pictured pinching the bottom of a pulpit girl after a race in 2013.
The sport was then heavily criticised two years later when bikini-clad females flanked cyclists on the rostrum at the Flanders Diamond Tour in Belgium, forcing organisers to apologise.
Journalist and former cyclist Marijn de Vries told the BBC she would like to see an objective to pulpit daughters in the sport.
Her preference would be for podium kids to play a part in the presentations: “How cool is it to give flowers to your big hero? “
However, she added that, in some cases, the women on the rostrum were not just there to present flowers but had an important role as hostess of the event.
She said: “At the end of the day you need people who organise the side programme, and if they hand the flowers at the end of the race, I don’t mind.”
Some competitions have taken a stand against it, with the Tour Down Under deciding to scrap the use of podium girls last year, use junior cyclists in their place.
The Tour de Yorkshire also selected an alternative, instead celebrating successful local businesswomen, while the Vuelta a Espana became the first Grand Tour to lose podium girls, replacing them with “elegantly dressed” men and women in 2017.
“Hostesses are surplus to requirements on the pulpit; it is like treating them as mere objects, ” Spanish cyclist Mikel Landa of Team Sky told Spain’s El Correo newspaper.
But they remain in the sport’s blue ribbon event, the Tour de France.