The Promotion of Women in Sport Within the Council of Europe and the European Sport Conference from the 1960s to the 1990s

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


Based on conference reports and minutes, archive material and official documents, the article seeks to explore the way in which the promotion of women’s sports and of women in leadership positions became an important part of the sport policy of two major organizations involved in European sport cooperation: the Council of Europe and the European Sport Conference. During first and modest discussions in the 1960s and 1970s it constituted a rather paternalistic project. Also, it was based on the assumption of an essential difference between men and women concerning the need for participation in sport. This only changed since the beginning of the 1980s when women took the course in their own hands, challenged the underlying assumptions and created new networks of cooperation.


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  • Stefan Scholl
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  1. 1.Leibniz-Institute for German LanguageMannheimGermany

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