Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation, there were only 124 events that women could compete in compared to the 165 for men.
Over the last four years, many efforts have been made to increase gender equality among athletes, and among the members of the International Olympic Committee. According to the Sport Digest, "The addition of women’s boxing to the 2012 Olympic Games in London marks the first time in history that women will compete in every sport that men do."So far, the Olympics has come very close to gender equality among athletes, yet leadership roles still lag behind with only 15 female members of the 135 members of the IOC. Similarly, the United States Olympic Committee only has 21 female members on the 58 member Executive Committee and 3 women on the 11 member Board of Directors. In February a three day conference was held to discuss changes in the leadership of the IOC. The Los Angeles Declaration was unanimously passed that would focus on:
- The need to bring more women into management and leadership roles
- The need to increase collaboration and partnerships, especially with UN organisations, to promote gender equality.It's a little disconcerting that the leadership roles are the ones that have yet to accomplish, or even come close to gender equality, but it's in a direct correlation with the statistics of female leaders around the world. I'm just glad to see that it's been brought to light and that measures are being taken to improve gender equality in all aspects of the Olympic Games.
I feel that the Olympics have showcased, and even improved the efforts for gender equality. Young women are given role models of all ages, shapes, sizes, and race to look up to and aspire to be like. There are thousands of female athletes that show dedication, passion, and determination, and improve the outlook for the role of women around the world. They are the true heroes out there, inspiring women everywhere. It's been speculated that while the Olympics have helped improve gender equality, it won't be enough. At least for me, it's nice to see progress, and it certainly doesn't hinder the efforts. Hopefully with the work done within the IOC, society can take a look at women in leadership roles within other fields. I'm looking forward to the day when there is total equality within the games, and hey, maybe the male athletes will be that 42 percent!