Is Liberal Feminism Working in the NCAA?

in Journal of Sport Management
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  • 1 University of Texas at Austin
  • 2 Southwestern University
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This study sought to describe the degree of success of a basic tenet of liberal feminism in providing equal opportunity as defined by female representation in the NCAA. The study showed how the NCAA is reflective of an association that is an instrument of domination. The purpose of the study was to determine the number of women holding leadership positions at the campus level in NCAA labeled functions. These data were compared with similar 1987-88 data. In addition, male and female representatives at the national level on committees and councils were compared to similar data collected in 1987-88. A gender comparison was made with the 1992-93 data involving NCAA national committees. The data revealed that there were significantly more males than females on NCAA national committees in 1992-93. The results of χ2 tests between years and female representation revealed no significant increase in female representation between 1987 and 1993; however, there was an increase in female representation beyond the mandated percentage required by NCAA bylaws.

Dorothy J. Lovett is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas, Bellmont 222, Austin, TX 78712. Carla D. Lowry is with the Department of Kinesiology, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX 78626.

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