Thursday, June 26, 2008

Narrow path for female SIDs

Next week, members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA) will meet in Tampa for the organization's annual convention. On the agenda is research by the Center for Sports Journalism that shows the disparities between men and women in employment and promotion -- women are only about a tenth the industry, and far fewer women reach the top ranks.
Focus groups with female SIDs show that discrimination and sexism are still a problem and that old-school ideas about women and sports can keep women from opportunities they deserve ("Sometimes I just want to wear my resume on my shirt just to say I am qualified," said one SID). Challenges in reconciling work and family obligations are a big reason women decide to leave the profession.

1 comment:

Alayna Ferrin said...

I agree! It doesn't seem like we've come very far with equal opportunity for men and women in some ways. Especially in athletics. Even though Title IX requires equality, it hasn't happened just yet. Hopefully, things will be changing in the near future. It is even segregated in sports in general. I know of a girls soccer team that was so good they played in the boys league. This is a step in the right direction, but we still have a ways to go.