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Women in Sports

A Reference Handbook

by Maylon Hanold


Although girls and women are participating in and excelling at sports at unprecedented rates, less than two percent of media coverage is dedicated to women's sports.

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March 2018


Pages 322
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Current Events and Issues/Gender
  Popular Culture/Sports, Recreation, and Leisure

Providing key data, insights, and ways of thinking about women and sports, this book is an excellent resource for high school and undergraduate students as well as for sport organizations serving girls and women.

Women are participating in sports in record numbers, and thanks in part to Title IX and a growing interest in women's sports, they're breaking records and achieving remarkable success in sports in every conceivable manner. However, women still struggle for equitable treatment in a variety of sports and face different obstacles than do their male counterparts. How can these issues be solved? Are women in sports being treated fairly?

This book provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the state of women's participation in sports by referencing both current events and research. Additionally, it offers a breadth of information pertaining to work in sports made available to girls and women. Key aspects include a detailed history of women in sports since 1900 as well as a discussion of current issues surrounding their participation in high school and college athletics, recreational sports, physical activity, and leadership in sports organizations. In particular, the material not only recounts history and analyzes issues but also presents perspectives as to how and why sports continue to be simultaneously a means of empowerment and a conduit for the marginalization of girls and women.


  • Provides readers with an overview of how sports came to be associated with men and masculinity
  • Details the various ways in which girls and women experience tension in sports regarding their bodies
  • Suggests multiple approaches for making women's experience of sports and physical activity more positive and healthy
  • Provides significant data relating to the growth of girls' and women's participation in sports and physical activity
  • Offers insights into the ways in which sports both empower and marginalize girls and women in the Perspectives chapter
  • Suggests policies for and approaches to fostering inclusive sport for all genders
Series Description

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

Maylon Hanold is director of the Sport Administration and Leadership master's degree program at Seattle University. Her research focuses on the physicality of leadership in relation to embodied biases, empathy as a leadership skill, and leadership development. She has published on these topics in several journals, including Advancing Women in Leadership, Global Sport Business Journal, and Sociology of Sport. She has also written book chapters in Sport Leadership for the 21st Century, The Embodiment of Leadership, and Theorizing Women and Leadership: New Insights and Contributions from Multiple Perspectives. She published the book World Sports: A Reference Handbook in 2012.



"Women in Sports is relevant for middle school and high school researchers who are writing an argumentative or critical analysis type of paper on any of these issues within the broader context of women in sports."ARBA

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