In Australia, women are under-represented in organised sport—as participants, coaches, officials, administrators, and board members—when compared to their male cohort. A variety of strategies exist to help equalise opportunities for girls and women, however, concerns continue on how gender bias may prevent them from receiving the full benefits sport and physical activity (PA) can offer.
Statistics and trends relating to female sport and physical activity participation behaviours.
Research has identified a number of factors that either motivate or provide barriers to women's participation in sport.
Women are generally under-represented in sport leadership and governance positions.
In Australia, and internationally, men are more likely to feature in the media (both playing and commentating).
Female athletes, and women in general, are a unique population with specific health considerations.
Australian and international initiatives to support and encourage female participation and leadership in all aspects of sport.
Many sportswomen have been recognised over the years for their contribution to sport and society.