Women in sport reports, research & expertise

Explore research articles, industry announcements and industry reports from around the world on eight key focus areas on women in sport. This page is updated every three months from public sources.

We also showcase our researchers with expertise in these focus areas.

Advancing leaders

Insights identifying and embedding policies, strategies and programs to advance girls and women in leadership roles including managers, directors, coaches, officials and volunteers.

Industry insights on advancing leaders

Research articles on advancing leaders

Increasing participation

Understanding the determinants of participation, retention and measuring participation in sport and physical activity, across the lifespan for women.

Industry reports on increasing participation

Industry insights on increasing participation

Research articles on increasing participation

Embracing social change

Focusing on community identity displacement, sport diversity and social change.

Industry reports on embracing social change

Industry insights on embracing social change

Research articles on embracing social change

  • McGannon, K. R., Kulkarni, S., Hladun, W., et al. (2023). Exposing a motherhood penalty in sport: A feminist narrative inquiry of media stories of Canadian athlete mothers’ journeys to the 2020 Tokyo Games. Communication and Sport. doi.org/10.1177/21674795231187916
  • Isard, R. F., Melton, N. E., & Macaulay, C. D. T. (2023). Women’s sport and everyday resistance. Frontiers in Sport and Active Living, 5. doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2023.1007033
  • Burch, L. M., Fielding-Lloyd, B. & Hayday, E. J. (2023): ‘Get back to the kitchen, cos u talk s*** on tv’: Gendered online abuse and trigger events in sport. European Sport Management Quarterly. doi.org/10.1080/16184742.2023.2227643
  • Robinson, D.B., Weaving, C. & Spicer, C. (2023). #USportsSoMale: Gender (In)equality in Canadian interuniversity varsity sport. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 16(2). doi.org/10.17161/jis.v16i2.18105
  • Ferguson, T. (2023). Safe space as resistance for black women student-athletes. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, Spring 2023 Special Issue, pp. 121-142.