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Women and Sport Leadership: A Case Study of a Development Programme

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education
EditorsLouise Mansfield, Jayne Caudwell, Belinda Wheaton, Beccy Watson
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781137533173
ISBN (Print)978113753318
Publication statusPublished - 2018


In 2014, the International Working Group for Women and Sport published the results of a study investigating the global progress made within the women-and-sport movement over the previous 20 years. The report identified that few actions have been taken to recruit, retain and enhance female sports leaders. This chapter addresses a recommendation from this report to increase women’s leadership in sport, by exploring the outcomes of a Women’s Sport Leadership Academy. The study identifies that the development of women sport leaders has traditionally been informed by liberal feminism, and there remain different barriers for women from countries in the Global North to those in the Global South. Recommendations include women-specific initiatives, the need for continued consciousness raising regarding organizational culture, and enhanced inter-cultural understanding.

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