MCKEE: Rewriting the rule books: ensuring gender equity in Canadian hockey

Taylor McKee, Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Brock University, had a piece recently published in The Conversation about the need to examine the rule books to ensure gender equity in Canadian sport.

He writes:

“In recent years, gender equity in sport has rightfully received renewed attention. This is due in large part to the work of athletes, advocates, leagues, associations and governing bodies across Canada who have expressed a continuing commitment to ensuring gender equity in the form of increased opportunities, funding or ownership of the sports themselves. 

Despite attempts to rectify inequality in men’s and women’s sport, inequity remains an insidious force due to a discrepancy between the practical administration of male and female sport. 

This imbalance can often be seen in the language of the rule book itself: a document that lays bare how gendered inequality has been embedded within the fabric of a sport. 

So, if the Canadian government intends to keep its pledge to achieve gender equity in sport by 2035, it’s time to examine rule books.”

Continue reading the full article on The Conversation website.

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