Women in Sports
Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles
by Adrienne N. Milner and Jomills Henry Braddock II, Editors
July 2017, 529pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5124-7
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Sport is one of the last socially acceptable venues for sex segregation. As such, the institution of sport provides a microcosm for examining broad issues of sexism, including gender roles.

Covering a breadth of topics surrounding the current state of women in sports, this two-volume collection taps current events, sociological and feminist theory, and recent research to contextualize women's experiences in sports within a patriarchal society and highlight areas for improvement.

Women are continuing to break barriers in all aspects of sports, and a growing number of people are beginning to recognize sex disparities in sports as a social problem. Additionally, women’s inclusion and exclusion in sports—and their equitable and inequitable treatment on the playing field—have large-scale social, legal, health, and economic consequences. Women in Sports: Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles comprehensively examines the state of women in sports by considering current events, controversies, and trends as well as qualitative and quantitative research.

The contributors to this volume take a sociological approach to discussing women in sports by questioning dominant assumptions surrounding notions of women’s biological athletic inferiority and by examining other social constructs that affect women’s experiences in sports, such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. The book offers a complete and up-to-date account of women’s experiences in sports through coverage of the history of women’s participation in sports (with a focus on exceptional female athletes) and of the increasing number of women who are competing in traditionally male sports, such as football, baseball, and mixed martial arts. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation for the issues of equity that women face, both within the world of sports and in society in general.


  • Includes contributions from a wide variety of athletes and scholars from around the world and comprises content edited by two editors of different sexes and races
  • Challenges conventional wisdom surrounding women's place and treatment in sport as female athletes continue to break sex barriers and shatter previous expectations regarding their ability to compete against men
  • Relates topics of sexism, gender expectations, and discrimination to key issues within the larger social structure
Adrienne N. Milner, PhD, is lecturer of global public health at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. She is coauthor of Sex Segregation in Sports: Why Separate Is Not Equal. Milner has served as principal investigator (PI) on two grants that assess how sex and racial differences affect physical activity and health outcomes and is recipient of an American Heart Association Worksite Innovation Award for this research. Her published works on sport, sex, gender, and equality include numerous teaching materials.

Jomills Henry Braddock II, PhD, is professor of sociology at the University of Miami. He is coauthor of Sex Segregation in Sports: Why Separate Is Not Equal. Formerly, he served as the director of the Center for Research on Sport in Society at the University of Miami and as the outside representative to the NFL Players Association. Braddock II is the recipient of the James E. Blackwell Founders Award for distinguished service and lifetime achievement from the Association of Black Sociologists. He has published more than 20 papers on sports in top sociology journals.


"The result is a truly interdisciplinary approach that makes a substantial contribution to the field: readers of this collection of essays will gain a greater awareness of the challenges women face in the world of sport. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."—Choice, June 1, 2018
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