Women 's Leadership Position Within The Sport Industry

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“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn 't have what it takes.’ They will say, "Women don 't have what it takes." Clare Boothe Luce. Luce’s words are an example of the way women were viewed in the mid 1900’s, and are still a topic of discussion today. There are many different views about women in leadership positions within the sport industry. Some people have positive views, some people have negative views, and some people are indifferent. Women have dealt with equality issues throughout history, but how do they compare in this day and age within a male dominated profession, like athletics? The purpose of this study is to look into what men and women think about females in team sport leadership positions, and why they feel that way. This study allowed the researchers to ask men and women already in the field of team sport leadership if there was still a lacking, how they feel about it, and what needs to be done for women to increase their leadership opportunities. Research that has been done on this subject has tended to focus just on the number of women in these sport leadership positions, more so than the reasons behind why there is or is not a lacking of them. This study needed to take place to gain an understanding from men and women, who already hold these positions, on the differences in opportunities for males and females in sport leadership, and what change needs to happen to increase the number of

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