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Sex Roles

, Volume 56, Issue 7–8, pp 495–507

First Online: 21 March 2007


The higher the organization level, the lower the percentage of women in governance. The purpose of the present study was to explore how men and women negotiate women’s ‘fit’ as candidates for boards of national sport organizations. We based our analysis on in- depth interviews with male chairs and female board members. The results provide evidence that men can control boards by affirming and negating affirmative action policies and by framing the process of recruitment and selection in such a way as to reproduce the male-dominated culture in the board. Women, in their turn, tend to negotiate their entry by distancing themselves from their gender and proving their ‘fit.’

KeywordsGender Governance Sport Recruitment and selection  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Inge Claringbould - Annelies Knoppers


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