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What Works? Promising Practices for the Inclusion of Women and Girls From Participation to Leadership

Effective strategies and interventions are required in order to meet Sport Canada’s goal of equity for girls and women in sport by 2035.

According to Whisenant, Pederson, and Obenour (2002), sport is one of the most hegemonic social institutions in modern society in relation to gendered cultural practices. Sport’s strong reinforcement of harmful binary gender norms causes challenges for women and girls, which are reflected by stark Canadian statistics.

Factors such as family income, race, ability, and age impact participation. Girls and women facing multiple, overlapping systems of oppression are less likely to participate in sport.