Women Athletes For Women 's Sport

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2.3.1 Participation
Females generally are at risk of not benefiting from sports because of a lack of participation (Crouter, 2011). Women are deprived because of inequitable access to sports facilities and limited opportunities to participate in sports (Bailey et al 2005). There is limited support in terms of funding and media coverage for womens’ sport (Parliamentary Committee Council of Europe, 2005). Media support for men’s sport is greater than for women’s sport. This situation tends to undermine women participating in sports (Duncan and Hasbrook 1988). Alongside dealing with problems related to stereotyping, women athletes can expect less financial reward than their male counterparts - there are pay inequities (WFS 2011) and extremely unequal funding (Women 's Sports Foundation 2011). Liang (2011) argued that due to socialization, parents seek out male coaches for their daughters because of a general belief in the superiority of male knowledge in sports. Theberge (2000) suggests excellence in sports has been narrowly defined in terms that generally suit male athletes and hence, the perpetuation of male authority (Watson 1993; Messner 1994). Due to the nature of socialization and stereotyping, it seems that women equally hold to the belief that men know more about sports (Burke 2001). The notion that women face challenges because sports is predominantly a man’s world is supported by Woodward’s (2008) experience of not being welcome in the boxing gym because she was a…
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