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Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport

A Man’s World?

  • Georgia Cervin
  • Claire Nicolas
  • Analyses gender relations in the history of sporting organizations around the world

  • Foregrounds women’s work in sports administration, governance, and diplomacy

  • Features a diverse array of international case studies

Palgrave Macmillan

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics book series (PASSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Georgia Cervin, Claire Nicolas
    Pages 1-15
  3. Florys Castan-Vicente, Claire Nicolas, Georgia Cervin
    Pages 17-48
  4. Georgia Cervin, Grégory Quin, Axel Elías Jiménez
    Pages 245-271
  5. Lucie Schoch, Joséphine Clausen
    Pages 299-326
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 339-347

About this book


Sport has never been a man’s world. As this volume shows, women have served key roles not only as athletes and spectators, but as administrators, workers, decision-makers, and leaders in sporting organizations around the world. Contributors excavate scarce archival material to uncover histories of women’s work in sport, from swimming teachers in nineteenth-century England to national sports administrators in twentieth-century Côte d’Ivoire, and many places in between. Their work has been varied, holding roles as teachers, wives, and secretaries in sporting contexts around the world, often with diplomatic functions—including at the 1968 and 1992 Olympic Games. Finally, this collection shows how gender initiatives have developed in sporting institutions in Europe and international sport federations today. With a foreword by Grégory Quin and afterword by Anaïs Bohuon, this is a pioneering study into gender and women’s work in global sport.


national sports organisation international sports federations Olympic Committees sport governance sport management Olympic Games women in sport female leadership in sports Council of Europe European Sport Conference gymnastics

Editors and affiliations

  • Georgia Cervin
    • 1
  • Claire Nicolas
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

About the editors

Georgia Cervin is an honorary research fellow at the University of Western Australia. Drawing on her experience as an international gymnast, her research has focused on women’s artistic gymnastics in terms of international politics, gender, governance, coaching and athlete rights.

Claire Nicolas is finishing her PhD at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research focuses on the connections between sports, gender and nationalism in West Africa.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport
  • Book Subtitle A Man’s World?
  • Editors Georgia Cervin
    Claire Nicolas
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-26908-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-26911-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-26909-8
  • Series ISSN 2365-998X
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-9998
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 347
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social History
    World History, Global and Transnational History
    Political History
    Sociology of Sport and Leisure
    Women's Studies