1st Edition

The International Working Group on Women and Sport 1994-2024 The Challenge of Change

By Elizabeth C.J. Pike Copyright 2024
    99 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book comprehensively evaluates the role of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) – the world’s largest network dedicated to advancing gender equity and equality in sport, physical education, and physical activity – in influencing global and domestic policy and practice.

    The issues addressed by the IWG in its first three decades of activism reflect global socio-political progress, as well as emergent new problems, for women, sport, and human rights. The IWG’s commitment to collaboration with, among others, the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations has provided the foundations for globally accepted frameworks to address gender-based issues in and through sport. The advocacy work of the IWG is told via first-hand interviews with key personnel from each of the IWG Secretariats, from its establishment in 1994 to 2024, providing insight into the most significant issues, achievements, and outcomes for the international social movement for women and sport.

    The book is a useful resource for students in the sociology of sport, sport policy, leadership, management, coaching, and gender studies. It is also relevant to sport administrators, practitioners, policymakers, and those working in gender governance.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction: The Challenge of Change

    2. Reaching Out for Change, IWG Secretariat UK/Namibia, 1994–1998: Interview with Dr Anita White OBE

    3. Investing in Change, IWG Secretariat Canada, 1998–2002: Interview with Dr Sue Neill

    4. Participating in Change, IWG Secretariat Japan, 2002–2006: Interview with Dr Etsuko Ogasawara

    5. Play, Think, Change, IWG Secretariat Australia, 2006–2010: Interview with Professor Dr Johanna Adriaanse

    6. Lead the Change, Be the Change, IWG Secretariat Finland, 2010–2014: Interview with Raija Mattila and Terhi Heinilä

    7. Determine the Future, Be Part of the Change, IWG Secretariat Botswana, 2014–2018: Interview with Dr Carole Oglesby and Game Mothibi

    8. Change Inspires Change, IWG Secretariat New Zealand, 2018–2022: Interview with Rachel Froggatt

    9. Share the Change, IWG Secretariat United Kingdom, 2022–2026: Interview with Annamarie Phelps and Lisa O’Keefe

    10. Conclusion


    Elizabeth C.J. Pike is Professor of Sport, Health, and Exercise at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She is also Research Lead for the International Working Group on Women and Sport 2022–2026, Project Director for the Women in Sport High Performance Pathway (WISH), co-founder of the Anita White Foundation, Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA), and Past President of the International Sociology of Sport Association.