Kōrero: Gender and sport

Female participation, 2007

Female participation, 2007

This table shows the number of women members of sporting code governing boards and the numbers of women participating in different sports in 2007. The sports for which women were 50% or more of total participants were netball (95% women), synchronised swimming (94%), ice skating (93%), roller sports (75%), modern pentathlon/biathlon (75%), gymnastics (70%), equestrian sports (65%), hockey (55%), rowing (55%), swimming (55%), triathlon (55%), korfball (50%), swimming (50%), basketball (50%) and tennis (50%).

Synchronised swimming was the only sport with 100% female board members, and it was almost entirely played by women. This correlation was an exception though – sports with similarly high female participation rates tended to have female board memberships of around two-thirds. Some sports with significant female membership had very low female board participation: 50% of tennis players were women, but only 11% of board members were. 55% of rowers were female but there were no women on the board.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Sally Shaw, 'Gender and sport - Women and sporting codes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/graph/40409/female-participation-2007 (accessed 16 July 2019)

Story by Sally Shaw, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 7 Jun 2016