Posts Tagged: The Sexism

Who Runs Olympic Sports? It's Men

Congratulations field hockey, you're the most progressive sport in the whole Olympic program.

That needs some clarification: It's not the sports themselves under scrutiny here, but the sports' governing bodies. The above graphic describes the gender makeup of the executive committees—the people in charge—of every sport in the Olympic program (London 2012 and Sochi 2014). That's summer sports on top, winter on bottom; men on the right, women to the left.

For example, starting at the bottom—we are in the midst of the Sochi winter games, after all—the World Curling Federation has seven men and one woman on its executive committee (you can mouseover each horizontal bar for specifics).


Define "Hostile Work Environment"

"Smart said she was introduced on her first day of training as 'the chick who is doing this as a hobby and doesn’t need to work due to her husband’s financial situation.' Smart said colleagues accused her of having affairs with other firefighters and refused to work with her because she was a woman. She said a male co-worker walked in on her in the shower in 2007, and when she requested a lock on the bathroom door her supervisor gave her a broom handle with 'Smart Wedge' written on it. Smart also said she once found a missing bathing suit stained with semen and stashed in a locker." —[...]