About this Research Topic
Traditionally sport has been seen as being very much in the masculine domain. However, in recent years, sporting opportunities for women have grown, particularly in sports such as football and rugby. This is, in part, due to the increased widespread media coverage of women's sports, such as the 2019 Women's Football World Cup (during which England reached the semi-finals, and the US winning the tournament overall). Additionally, the Women's Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021, will now be known as the `Rugby World Cup', removing the gender differentiation between the men's and the women's game. Within tennis, initiatives such as the `She Rallies' scheme developed by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), along with Judy Murray, aim to encourage more girls and women into playing and coaching tennis. Campaigns led by charities such as `Women in Sport', first developed in 1984, are gaining more ground, with an overall goal to provide equal opportunities for women in the sporting world.
Yet, despite these changes in recent years, inequalities remain, particularly for more marginalized groups, such as those also discriminated against due to their ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and so on. Furthermore, whilst there may be changes in some sports, for other sports change is happening at a much slower rate or is non-existent.
The aim of this Research Topic is to:
- Explore Gender inequalities within different sports and across different countries;
- Assess the extent of change, and what further can be done;
- Examine intersecting factors such as ethnicity, disability and sexuality with regards to inequalities and discrimination in sport; and
- Assess initiatives designed to tackle inequality in sport.
Sub-Topics may include, among others:
- `Femininities' and `Masculinities' in sport;
- Media coverage of women's sporting events;
- Obstacles and barriers for women in sport, both in terms of players, and in leadership, coaching or other roles; and
- In what way these obstacles and barriers can be overcome.
Keywords: Gender, Inequalities, Discrimination, Sport, Implementations for Change
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