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not without an audience and community engagement when playing a home game, whereas the female basketball team rarely fills one portion of the stands. This simple observation, which is true across many professional sporting events, led to the uncovering of possible barriers to equity in sport. The

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Alexander J. Bedard, Kevin A. Bigelman, Lynn R. Fielitz, Jeffrey D. Coelho, William B. Kobbe, Renard O. Barone, Nicholas H. Gist and John E. Palmer

of a broader effort to eliminate any existing gender barriers in the Department of Defense. Educators within the Department of Physical Education ensured integration was successful through a deliberate process involving changes to class policies, risk mitigation, and instructor training. This process

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Mary Jo Kane and Nicole LaVoi

applicants start out with an enormous advantage in the hiring process. It should also be noted that when women are blamed, existing structural barriers and power arrangement do not have to be addressed or changed. As a result, the status quo that privileges male coaches remains intact ( LaVoi, 2016b

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Lori A. Gano-Overway

provide more opportunities or break down barriers for women in sport and physical activity. Special issues that highlight timely topics and make meaningful contributions to our understanding of issues and experiences of women in sport and physical activity are also welcome. I encourage authors to contact

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Leslee A. Fisher

women intended to leave coaching sooner than did men. In fact, contrary to expectations, women were younger and had shorter occupational tenures than men; this suggested to Cunningham and colleagues that other factors such as women’s aspirations for advancement or the macro-level barriers they

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Claire-Marie Roberts and Jacky Forsyth

breasts as a barrier to exercise and the stereotyping of role models who “look too fit” to inspire the average female ( Nicholson, 2018 ). In amongst the contributions aimed at increasing female participation was a lively keynote from Lisa O’Keefe who presented the unrivalled success of Sport England

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Meg G. Hancock, Alicia Cintron and Lindsey Darvin

importance for the highest level of management in a sport organization ( Burton et al., 2009 ), while feminine characteristics are more strongly associated with roles internal to the department designed to support and nurture coaches and student athletes ( Whisenant et al., 2002 ). Thus, a major barrier to

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Roger Baines

and Translation Tweets composed in a wide range of languages and tweets crossing language barriers create the conditions for tweet translation. Even if English is the global lingua franca, most of the world’s population does not have first- or second-language access to English ( Eriksen, 2014 ), and

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John D. Fair

When two hearts are entwined, Venus won’t be denied, hand in hand we will find love can change the stars. (Athena) As Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, I broke the physique barrier in show business. (Steve Reeves) 1 The visual impact of physically-endowed actors in movies can be

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Kamiel Reid and Christine Dallaire

stereotypes our participants evoked when describing their experiences and to their effects as discursive subjects that sustain the gendered construction of the “soccer referee” and generate ideological and discursive barriers the women had to overcome in order to persist in their role as match officials