Tuesday, October 16, 2018 marked the 3rd annual meeting of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sports Advocacy Network (SAN). The WSF created SAN in 2016 to build on our research, Beyond X’s & O’s: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s College Sports, the most comprehensive evidence-based research report on the reality of the collegiate coach experience, in regard to hiring, compensation, promotion and treatment in the workplace. Led by WSF’s Senior Director of Advocacy Sarah Axelson and Advocacy Assistants Elizabeth Murphy and Olivia Wynn, the event featured contributions from a distinguished group of advocates, athletic industry leaders, coaches associations, researchers, attorneys, and Title IX experts who are committed to eliminating gender bias by working together towards the ideals of diversity and inclusion.
This year’s meeting continued the focus of increasing women’s leadership and coaching opportunities in athletics. The three-hour meeting was segmented into three sections: Recruiting & Retaining Female Coaches, Hiring & [Not] Firing, and Leveraging Partners & Allies. During each section, participants engaged in solution-based discussions focused on bringing more female coaches and administrators into the field, fair hiring practices, eliminating bias, promoting inclusion, and engaging allies. The group identified needs for the industry and priority initiatives for the Women’s Sports Foundation.
The WSF Advocacy team is grateful to all participants for engaging in a productive meeting and is now tasked with identifying priorities for the upcoming year to bring us closer to the ultimate goal of achieving equity for women in athletic coaching and leadership.
If you would like to learn more about the Sports Advocacy Network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to receive updates on SAN’s progress.
WSF Advocacy Assistant Olivia Wynn contributed to this blog.