Women in Sports: Study Unveils 1 in 5 Women Have Been Victims of Discrimination

Women in Sports: Study Unveils 1 in 5 Women Have Been Victims of Discrimination

- A study shows that women all over the world are still facing discrimination when it comes to playing sports

- The sport that was found to be most discriminatory in the US was Women's Hockey, with a number of complaints

- Tennis seems to be a sport that is more welcomed for women, this might have to do with the Williams sisters

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According to a new study conducted by Skilled Golf, one out of every five women claims to have either experienced or witnessed sexism in sports. A total of 1,000 women from around the United States were polled anonymously for the study.

2.7% of women claimed to have directly experienced gender discrimination. A further 9.8% of women claimed to have witnessed discrimination firsthand.

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While I'm sure it comes as no surprise to most, despite recent advancements in numerous sports, many women still believe that gender discrimination exists across the world.

Women in sports: Study unveils 1 in 5 women have been victims of discrimination
A study revealed that 1 in 5 women face discrimination in the world of sports. Image: Clive Brunskill and Buda Mendes
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Two significant points emerged from the research. While no sport is without its flaws, most women believe that hockey is the most discriminatory. Golf has an interesting generational divide.

Detailing how they did the survey, Mark Webster of Skilled Golf talked Briefly News through how they conducted their research.

"20% of respondents admitted to either witnessing or suffering from gender discrimination in sports. We then went on to break this down by most popular sports to identify where the biggest issues lie," he said.
"This revealed a number of clear outliers, including a worrying negative trend in Women's Hockey."

What's interesting to note is that when it comes to Golf, the younger generation sees it as a sport that is significantly more discriminatory than the elder age. It's crucial to remember that fans don't anticipate complete equality–demand is driven by interest, which is well acknowledged.

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According to the study, Tennis is at the bottom of the ranking, no doubt because notable people like the Williams sisters are leading the struggle for equality. More women are becoming a force in Tennis and this is progression.

In other sports news, Briefly News reported that ex-Banyana Banyana star Lydia Monyepao spoke about her new role at SAFA. She is one of the most decorated footballers in the women’s game and she has just landed a top job at the South African Football Association.

Banyana Banyana legend Lydia Monyepao is a true example of academic excellence coupled with technical know-how in the football field.

She holds a BCom from Wits University, a BCom Honours in Accounting from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Masters in Sport Management through Loughborough in the United Kingdom.

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