The emergence, experiences, and empowerment of women administrators, coaches, and athletes

Lindsey Darvin, Elizabeth H. Demara

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The objective of this chapter is to provide a more thorough understanding of the current United States intercollegiate athletics model that includes competitive sport opportunities within its system of higher education, the history and emergence of women in sport within higher education, the experiences of women leaders within intercollegiate sport, and future women sport participant and leader empowerment initiatives within higher education. While women were provided opportunities to compete in sport competitively within higher education at a much later date than their men counterparts, the significant impact of athletic participation for women and girls at this level has been established within the previous research. Most notably, women and girls with past sport participation experience at the college level have been found to represent a high proportion of women in leadership roles across a variety of industry segments. These insights provide significant evidence of the importance of equitable access to sport participation within the higher education model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch Anthology on Challenges for Women in Leadership Roles
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781799887386
ISBN (Print)9781799885924
StatePublished - Mar 19 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


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