“There's No Sex Attached to Your Occupation”: The Revolving Door for Young Women in Sports Journalism

in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
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In the first part of a longitudinal study to explore the factors that impact career longevity of women in sports journalism, women who have worked in the field for less than two years were interviewed about barriers and opportunities in regard to their career success. Three general themes emerged during the interviews: (a) being a woman is not a barrier but is instead an (unfair) advantage; (b) the world of sports is a man’s world; and (c) family responsibilities will likely change, or perhaps end, their careers. The outlook of participants is grounded in the belief that gender roles, which will force these women from their careers, are natural. These interviews suggest that it no longer takes locker-room harassment to turn women away from practicing sports journalism; it simply takes the prospect of having a family.

Marie Hardin Penn State University 222 Carnegie University Park, PA 16802 Email: mch208@psu.edu Phone: (814) 865-1395

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