Sportswomen continue to face sexism

After last week’s media exposure of BBC unequal pay and clear evidence of a gender pay gap, it’s important that we continue to examine sexism within UK’s key institutions. Focusing on sport and leisure, Jayne Caudwell with three colleagues working at other HEIs argue that a critical approach such as feminism remains crucial to identifying, challenging and transforming sexist practices and cultures.

Female athletes and leaders are undeniably more visible and increasingly successful in sport – putting in incredible performances both on and off the field. But these achievements still occur in a male defined sport sector – where female stars have to tackle marginalisation and sexualisation of their sporting performance and leadership skills.

Recent research also suggests that coverage of women’s sports has actually become more sexist over the past four years – making it clear that in the current age, everyday sexism characterises the culture of sport.