Gender Inequalities in sports
Softball Club Princ is a sports club which is the partner of an Erasmus+ Sports: Small Collaborative Partnerships project titled Inclusion and Gender Equality Through Softball (IGETS) with partners Olympia Haarlem, from the Netherlands, and the applicant Ghajnsielem Redcoats from Malta. As part of our project we are gathering information regarding opinions on gender inequality in sports. This survey should take only a few minutes to complete. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact us by e-mail at info@softball-princ.hr. Further information about IGETS can be obtained from our website www.igets.eu. Your answers to these questions will remain confidential. We thank you for your time!
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1. How old are you?
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2. What is your gender?
3. Where do you live?
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Feel free to write email contact of your club where you play.
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4. Do you think there are gender inequalities in sport?
5. Do you think in professional sports men and women should be paid the same amount?
6. Do you think boys and girls get the same opportunities in sport?
7. People tend to see football as a male sport and netball as a female sport. Do you think it is right to think like this?
8. Do you think boys are more encouraged to get involved in sport than girls from an early age?
9. What do you think is the reason why people stop playing sports after high school or college?
10. How can we change this?
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11. Do you think that gender equality in sports will improve in the future?
12. Why do you play sports?
13. What are the goals you want to accomplish by playing sports?
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14. Do you think men get more visibility in sports than women?
15. Do you think men and women can play every sport or do you think some sports are for men and some for women?
16. Who do you think stop playing sports first, men or women?
17. When do you think women stop playing sports?
18. When do you think men stop playing sports?
Gender Equality – the stats!
In Europe and all over the world there is a lack of gender equality. In next few lines we will show you few interesting facts.

- 70% of sports now offer the same amount of prize money for men and women. But in the 30% that don’t, the difference runs into the millions.
- There are 2 million more men than women taking part in sport at least once per week.
- 0.4% of the total commercial investment in sport goes into women’s sport.
- Only half of the governing bodies in sport currently meet the government target to have women making up one quarter of the people sitting around the boardroom table.
- Men’s professional soccer clubs in Europe are the world’s wealthiest sports entities and at least 10 European soccer players earn more than $14 million per year.
- When it comes to women, tennis is by far the most lucrative sport for female athletes.
- Coaches in women’s team sports at college level earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by head Coaches of men’s teams.

INCLUSION & GENDER EQUALITY THROUGH SOFTBALL (IGETS)
IGETS is a project between three clubs from Malta, Croatia and Netherlands that want to promote softball and tackle a gender equality problem in sport. Aims that we want to achieve are:

- Increasing the rate of participation of girls in sports,

- Increasing the number of female players in our clubs,

- To encourage more girls from across Europe to take up softball,

- To help our female athletes feel empowered by playing softball and to have a high self-esteem as successful athletes,

- To get the message out to our players, their parents, our members, those in our community, and the general public that if they do their bit gender inequality can be reduced,

- To identify ways how to increase the number of female coaches and administrators at our clubs, and

- To identify ways to keep girls engaged in this sport once they face new challenges in life such as university, work, marriage, and parenthood.

Now when you read info about the project and statistics can you answer few questions

1.Do you think there is gender equality in softball?
2.Do you think softball clubs should have more female coaches?
3. Do you think softball clubs should have more female committee members?
4. Do you think the European Softball Federation should have more female officials (scorekeepers or umpires)?
5. Do you think there are female softball role models in Europe?
6. Can you name one or few female softball role model in Europe? *
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7. I will stop playing softball when I am
8. I will probably stop because
9.When I stop playing I will
Gender Equality – the stats!
In America 40% of sportspeople are women, however only 6-8% of the total sports media coverage is devoted to them. And women-only sports stories add up to just 3.5%of all sports stories in the four major US newspapers.

According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, male athletes get $179 million more in athletic scholarships each year than females do. Additionally, collegiate institutions spend just 24% of their athletic operating budgets on female sports, as well as just 16% of recruiting budgets and 33% of scholarship budgets on female athletes.

Some people have the argument that “women’s sport isn’t interesting enough”. And even though over the years the popularity of women’s sports is growing, unfortunately the media coverage and sponsorship dollars haven’t necessarily followed through and gender equality remains an issue.

Take the last Women’s World Cup soccer final for example. It was the most watched soccer match—men’s or women’s—EVER in the US with nearly 25.4 million viewers. Yet the players were far less compensated than their male counterparts.

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