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“Smile more”: Women’s experiences of sexism while working in sport from a social ecological perspective

McGinty-Minister, K, Swettenham, L, Champ, FM and Whitehead, AE (2024) “Smile more”: Women’s experiences of sexism while working in sport from a social ecological perspective. Sport in Society. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1743-0437

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Reports of sexism in sport are ever-growing despite the potential for sexism to impact the well-being of everyone negatively. Relatively little research has investigated this phenomenon, meaning we do not have a clear picture of women’s experiences and are far from implementing relevant solutions. We explored women’s experiences of sexism while working in sport to gain an understanding of how multiple ecological layers intertwine to influence women’s experiences. A survey, based on the Everyday Sexism Survey (McDonald et al., 2016), was completed by 105 women; qualitative data was abductively thematically analysed using LaVoi and Dutove’s (2012) ecological model to make sense of women’s experiences. Higher-order themes represented the intrapersonal, interpersonal, organisational, and sociocultural levels at which participants experienced sexism. Clear evidence of sexism at all levels of the ecological model demonstrates that organisations and policymakers must consider the social and personal change necessary for women working in sport.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1504 Commercial Services; 1608 Sociology; Sport, Leisure & Tourism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2024 11:46
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 12:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/17430437.2024.2321357
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22644
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