Promoting gender equity in sport science

Schumacher Dimech, Annemarie; Seiler, Roland (2020). Promoting gender equity in sport science. SEMS-Journal. Sport & Exercise Medicine Switzerland, 68(4), pp. 11-14. rubmedia AG 10.34045/SEMS/2020/48

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Gendered norms, stereotypes and biases implicitly influence our thoughts, attitudes and behaviours. These often lead to gender inequity, a phenomenon inherent in society and reflected in its various contexts. The increasing awareness of this inequity is leading to reflection and changes in society as a whole and its communities, organisations and institutions. In scientific disciplines, gender inequity has been, and still is, a point of discussion and consideration. In many cases, these discussions have led to positive and sustainable changes at both a structural as well as a policy level. This opinion piece discusses gender inequity in the context of sport science and, in particular, sport medicine in Switzerland. Specifically, academic position (professorships), first authorship of peer-reviewed publications in the SEMS-Journal as well as conference participation and scientific awards in two Swiss sport science organisations: Sportwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft der Schweiz (SGS) and Sport & Exercise Medicine Switzerland (SEMS) in terms of frequency are presented and discussed. An under-representation of women is observed in most categories. Finally, recommendations for promoting and supporting equity while maintaining an objective consideration of quality criteria and individual ability are put forward using examples of good practice.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)

UniBE Contributor:

Seiler, Roland


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




rubmedia AG




Roland Seiler

Date Deposited:

03 Dec 2020 08:31

Last Modified:

03 Dec 2020 08:31

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Bias, Female representation, Inequity




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