My research into the conditions for women working in the Australian Sporting Sector began in 2017.
I knew gender equality was likely to be a key issue for the industry because of my significant experience as a corporate executive and sporting director meant that I had observed the systematic exclusion of women due to attitudes, policy, practices and systems of work.
My initial research results proved to be unsurprising. Women in the sporting industry are facing significant organisational and attitudinal barriers to advancing into leadership.
The result of these attitudes and the existence of societal barriers to female advancement have resulted in the sporting sector having a very poor scoreboard result when it comes to gender equality.
This is the driver for my research practice which has a dual purpose.
1. Educate and raise awareness of gender inequity in sport, particularly for non-athlete women;
2. Provide access to research backed and evidence based solutions to close the gender gap in sport.
If you, or your organisation, would like to participate in the research and pilot of solutions, please contact me.
From Conversation to Action
Do you identify the need for a gender action plan within your organisation or club? Are you having limited success advancing women into leadership or increasing the number of women in your talent, membership and corporate sponsorship pipeline? If so, Advancing Women has the solution.
Advancing women into leadership does not simply involve upskilling women to become effective leaders—after all, what is the point in having highly capable women who, due to cultural and structural barriers, are unable to move up in their careers? At Advancing Women, we believe it is important to build female leadership capability while simultaneously addressing the cultural and structural drivers of gender inequality within an organisation.
Advancing Women fills a gap in the market for customised gender equality action plans that suit the unique needs specific to an organisation. At Advancing Women there is no such thing as one-dimensional and ‘off the shelf’ initiatives; rather we use design thinking practices and a four-phase approach to build a gender action plan tailored to the organisation. This approach is effective, sustainable, and deceptively simple.
To ensure your sporting organisation develops and delivers a winning strategy for women, please contact the founder of Advancing Women, Michelle Redfern.