Wrestle Like a Girl – The Effect of Gender Stereotypes on Women’s Participation in “Masculine Sports”


In theory, women and men are equally able to access sports in Europe: that is, no law forbids girls from participating in a specific sport. In practice, gender stereotypes stand in the way, affecting men and women’s beliefs and behaviour. Not only do gender stereotypes lead people to comply with gender roles but transgressing them may lead to negative evaluation by peers. This article examines the effect of gender stereotypes on women’s participation in wrestling.

By: Eva Kandoul

Published on March 9, 2021

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