How to handle a woman who says she doesn’t like sports
In a country where women still make up less than 5% of the workforce, it’s often easier to ignore the gender imbalance than to acknowledge its existence.
And while there are women in all sports, women in the workplace are less likely to have the support and visibility that comes with being a woman in sports.
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has made strides in providing equal opportunities for female players.
But it remains a relatively new sport in the United States, with more than 100 teams across the country and an estimated 400,000 fans.
In the NWSL, teams are paid based on the number of home games played and the number and percentage of women in their rosters.
The league, which was created in 2015, is based on women’s soccer, meaning that while men’s professional soccer teams earn more money and play in more venues, women’s teams only earn half as much and play fewer games.
A new survey from the non-profit Women’s Sports Media Group (WSMSG) suggests that women in sports are still less likely than men to be promoted to leadership positions in the league.
The study looked at leadership positions across the three levels of the sport — the senior team, the developmental team and the development team — and found that only 35% of women on the developmental teams were promoted to senior team head coaches in 2017.
WSMSL says it has taken steps to address the gender gap, including establishing a gender-neutral leadership position for each of its team members.
But the organization has been criticized for not including women in its executive team and board, which includes only men.
The Women’s Professional Soccer Association (WPSA) is one of the few leagues that offers women in leadership roles, but only three of its current members are women: the WPSA is comprised of four professional teams that play in the U.S. Women’s National Soccer League.
WSMSG’s survey of more than 1,200 employees at professional soccer leagues in the US and Canada found that one in six (18%) had experienced a negative experience with a female manager, and nearly three in five (72%) had encountered a negative interaction with a male manager.
The lack of women’s representation on the executive board is particularly concerning given the fact that women make up 13% of all executive positions at professional teams.
“The issue of gender representation is one that we have talked about before, but this is a new area where we’re seeing some really strong progress,” said Katherine Johnson, a director at WSMSL and former editor of the WNBA.
Johnson said that women have been involved in sports in their professional lives for decades, but she believes it’s only been recently that they have been recognized for their contributions.
While there have been more women in professional sports since the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s, the numbers have continued to shrink over the past 40 years, and women’s participation has remained stagnant.
More than three decades ago, only 13% percent of US women were in the workforce and women in general were still not represented in all professions.
Now, in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, women made up 13.5% of US workforce in 2017, and they account for 17% of CEOs in the Fortune 500, according to a report from the Center for American Progress.
So what’s the solution?
“One of the things we can do is really focus on recruiting women,” Johnson said.
“There are a lot of opportunities to do that.”
She said that when it comes to the leadership positions, “the fact that we can recruit women is a big deal.
We’re not going to just be saying, ‘Oh, we’re hiring you.’
We have to be looking at it in a way that actually means something.”