1st Edition

Gender Equality and the Olympic Programme

By Michele K. Donnelly Copyright 2023
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    This innovative study examines the Olympic programme from a critical feminist perspective, to shed new light on the issues of gender and inclusion at the Olympic Games and in the Olympic Movement. 

    Incorporating both quantitative and qualitative data, the book identifies and analyzes the changes – and remaining gender differences – made on the Olympic Programmes for London 2012, and each of the subsequent Summer and Winter Olympic Games (Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, and Pyeongchang 2018), as well as the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games. The book draws on the IOC’s own publications, information from International and National Sport Federations, and media sources to describe and explain the IOC’s slow and uneven progress toward gender equality at the Olympic Games. 

    This is important reading for any student, researcher, practitioner or policy maker with an interest in the Olympic Games, sport studies, gender studies, women’s sport or major events.

    1. Introduction

    2. A Quantitative Analysis of Gender Inequalities and the Olympic Programme: By the Numbers

    3. A Qualitative Analysis of Gender Inequalities and the Olympic Programme: Beyond the Numbers

    4. Sport-Specific Mixed Gender and Open Competition Events and Gender Equality: “Encourage the Inclusion of Mixed-Gender Team Events”

    5. Mixed Gender Relay and Team Events and Gender Equality: “Encourage the Inclusion of Mixed-Gender Team Events”  

    6. Gratuitous Gendering, Gender Equality, and the Olympic Programme


    Michele K. Donnelly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University, Canada. Her research agenda is composed of three clearly defined, and often interrelated, lines of sociological inquiry: 1) social inequality, particularly focused on gender; 2) alternative and understudied social practices and subcultures in the realm of sport; and 3) qualitative research methods. Michele is a member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS).