The new student contribution written by Felicitas Jalsovec has now been published by the Harriet Taylor Mill Institute with the title "Gender Equality in Sport - An Investigation of the Under-Representation of Women in Committees and Top Offices of Sports Federations, Professional Associations, and Clubs". 

In the non-profit sector, the majority of employees are women. For this reason, the gender-imbalanced distribution of power and decision-making competencies is particularly visible in this sector, since the significantly larger proportion of women is not reflected at the management level. The nonprofit sector in Germany is characterized above all by its diverse club landscape and sports clubs are the largest group in terms of numbers. At the same time, sport in Germany is taking on more and more socio-political tasks and has a leverage effect on society that should not be underestimated. Soccer in particular, with its enormous reach and media attention, still has the reputation of being a rigid male domain.

Based on research from the private sector, sociology, and the nonprofit sector, the Master's thesis possibly illustrates reasons for the under-representation of women in leadership positions and transfers these to the sport. The theoretical findings were finally examined and supported by four female experts in interviews. The work is based on the following questions: Which of the already known reasons or mechanisms for the under-representation of women in leadership positions apply to sport? What other special features can be identified, especially in soccer? Which measures can help to break down the barriers?

You can download the PDF here.