Created by Carousel Group, Gender Divisions looks at 10 different sports across the world and compares the differences in popularity, pay and participation between professional male and female athletes across the globe.
Data is gathered from a range of authoritative online sites such as Forbes, UEFA and MLB, with social media (Twitter) followings correct as of March 29.
Women’s sport is undoubtedly on the rise, with greater exposure in the media leading to increasing professionalism across a number of sports. Despite this, there remains a huge gap to fill in terms of inequality and opportunity for female sports stars.
Gender Divisions offers an interactive way to compare and contrast the varying levels of opportunity in sport around the world. Scroll to get started…
This year has already seen some great advances in women’s sport, for example, increased coverage and broadcasts through traditional media, and big financial deals like the Barclays and FA WSL partnership. I have no doubt that the rest of 2019 is going to be incredible for women’s sport with some big events on the horizon.
However, these can detract somewhat from the true state of the industry. Whilst these findings are not entirely surprising to me, it never fails to disappoint when I see just how far we still have to go. Quantifiable change seems to only come when the athletes personally stick their necks out to defy the sexism they face when they show up to work every day, and it is only then that the industry takes notice and instils change. This is demonstrated quite clearly in tennis, where the players are now much closer to a level playing field to men in contrast to all other sports. But that was no smooth or fast journey.
My hope is that through the publication of findings such as these, other stakeholders in the industry–including fans–will start to demand better for sport. Until we do, women’s sport will always come in second to men’s.
Editor in Chief, SLOWE