‘Where Are The Women’ In Leadership?

Rep. Carolyn Maloney made news this year with her forthright question about female representation at a Congressional committee hearing. Despite federal law prohibiting sex discrimination, women are still underrepresented in leadership.

A new study in SAGE Open zeroes in on leadership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to investigate this issue, and offers solutions for decision makers to achieve greater gender equality.

Athena Yiamouyiannis of Ohio University and Barbara Osborne of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill published “Addressing Gender Inequities in Collegiate Sport: Examining Female Leadership Representation Within NCAA Sport Governance” on May 25, 2012 in SAGE Open. To access other recent articles, please click here.

The abstract:

The purpose of this study was to examine issues related to female representation within the governance structure of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A descriptive statistics approach through the lens of feminism was taken in collecting and analyzing data related to the gender representation of staff leadership positions within the NCAA national office and gender representation within the NCAA Division I, II, and III governance structure. This was coupled with a review of NCAA programming initiatives related to leadership opportunities. Although a number of strategies are being implemented by the NCAA to provide greater access and leadership opportunities for women (e.g., diversity initiatives, Senior Woman Administrator legislation, and guaranteed representation on committees), women continue to be underrepresented within NCAA governance substructures and upper leadership levels within the NCAA national office. In addition, nongender neutral sport governance policies still exist that impede the progress of achieving gender equality.

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