On Being a “Good Sport” in the Workplace: Women, the Glass Ceiling, and Negotiated Resignation in Sports Information

in International Journal of Sport Communication

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Erin WhitesideUniversity of Tennessee, USA

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Marie HardinPennsylvania State University, USA

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This research survey explores the gendered work experiences of women in sports information, including their perceptions of the “glass ceiling,” their rationalization strategies for dealing with those perceptions, and the factors contributing to their low numbers in the business. The findings suggest that women perceive a glass ceiling but are hesitant to admit its existence. Second, women are internalizing some of the value systems embedded in this male-dominated industry. Finally, along with perceptions of a glass ceiling, women are facing a “maternal wall” that makes staying in sports information extremely difficult for women with children, given the job’s untraditional schedule.

Whiteside is with the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Hardin is with the Dept. of Journalism, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

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