A report from Women in Sport has recently been launched which says that there is 40% of women who are facing discrimination in the sports industry because of their gender but their male counterparts say they see no inequality. This was a seven month long survey which canvassed 1,152 people who play a role in sports administration at national governing bodies, organisations and sports charities etc. The Chief Executive of Women in Sport, Ms. Ruth Holdaway describes it to be a huge problem as 305 of women say that they have experienced inappropriate behavior from the opposite sex.
This survey was not only focused on the inequality problems but also other issues like pay gap, feeling of undervalue at work and lack of various opportunities for women to succeed and progress into senior roles. Women in Sport’s research helped in bringing about targets for women on sports boards in 2012. In April, 2018 Manchester United made an announcement of Collette Roche, Former Executive Director of Manchester Airport Groups becoming the first female chief operating officer. The Football Association has also added two non-executive directors I.e. Rupinder Bains - The first Asia representative at the top table and Kate Tinsley - The Buildbase Chief Executive. Ruth Holdaway said,“We want women all the way through the organisations. What’s significant about this report is this the first time anyone has looked at the barriers impacting women from top to bottom.”
By: Swati Kaushal