#womeninsport

Photo Credit: University of Utah

Photo Credit: University of Utah

Is it just the way Facebook is filtering my feed (probably) or has there been a lot in the news lately about the negative things women have to deal with in the world of elite sport?

There was the tennis thing. There is the women’s soccer thing. Most recently there was this article about the retirement of a British cyclist. There was that video where real men struggled to read mean tweets to the real women at whom the tweets were directed. (The tweets started out maybe-funny-mean but quickly descended into violent misogyny.)

It’s absolutely true that institutionalized, often subtle biases against women are rampant in sport. (And many other male-dominated industries.) Sometimes I don’t think it’s so bad. But then, other times, I’ll look around the conference table and realize I am the only woman in the room.

Where have all the women gone? Matthew Malady breaks the issue down really well in his exploration of why women aren’t running more men’s teams.

One of the best ways to improve the experience of women in sport is to have more women in charge of sport.

If you have any doubts about whether it really makes a difference to have women in powerful roles, look no further than this shocking story from the University of Iowa.

We can do so much better.



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