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Many thanks to all who replied, and thanks especially to Jerusalem Demsas for creating the survey and compiling results! Any questions can be directed to apdawomeninitiative@gmail.com.

Summary:

We received a total of 36 responses, with a relatively even number of men and women responding. The respondents indicated that the role of the Women’s Initiative was clear, however there was disagreement over the overall effectiveness of the program. However, there was overwhelming agreement that the Women’s Initiative was good for gender equity. On the other hand, the EOF program suffered from both a lack of agreement over what the goals of the program should be as well as its perceived effectiveness. One problem may have been that the survey identified the program solely by the name “EOF,” and there were responses which indicated that people may not know how to distinguish that from “Equity Officers.”

Most people believe issues of equity are primarily a league issue rather than a team one. Almost universally, the respondents believed that women are structurally disadvantaged.

The final section includes the free form thoughts and opinions presented without comment.

Feel free to reach myself, Jerusalem Demsas at jdemsas@email.wm.edu if you have any questions or comments on the survey.


36 Responses Total

Makeup of Responses:

In response to the question “How would you rate the effectiveness of the EOF program?” the mean response was a rating of 4.62, a mode of 7 and a median of 4. Seven respondents chose option ‘0.’ Options were 1 (extremely ineffective) - 10 (extremely effective), with 0 indicating that they did not know how they would rate the effectiveness of the program.

We then asked respondents what they view the role of the EOF program as in an ideal world, providing them with the following options:

Enforcing a set of predetermined rules: 15/36

Creating a safe space for league members: 31/36

Crafting advisory policies for tournaments: 22/36

Facilitating conversations for the creation of standards of equity on the league: 28/36

Other: 3/36

In response to the question “How would you rate the Women’s Initiative program on APDA in terms of effectiveness?” the mean response was 5.81, a mode of 7 and a median of 6. Three respondents chose option ‘0.’ Options were 1 (extremely ineffective) - 10 (extremely effective), with 0 indicating that they did not know how they would rate the effectiveness of the program.

We then asked respondents what they view the role of the WI program would be in an ideal world, providing them with the following options:

Facilitates discussions on female equity on the league: 33/36

Offers programming and workshops on gender issues (such as Bystander Intervention): 32/36

Creating reading materials for individual schools (for gender equity improvement): 23/36

Other: 1/36

We asked if they believed that women are structurally disadvantaged on the league:

We asked if the respondent believed that the WI program was a helpful force for gender equality on APDA, with possible responses being Yes, No, I don’t know and Other.

We asked if people believe that equity & gender parity are greater problems on the league or on people’s individual teams, with possible responses being League, Individual Team, Equal and Other (which allowed people to elaborate if they so wished).

We then asked if there were specific problems that needed to be brought to and/or resolved by WI & Equity. We received a variety of responses:

Then we asked respondents: “What do you feel the best way is to encourage racial diversity on the league?”

Finally, we asked respondents for any final thoughts on these issues: