IOC still drags its feet on female equality
By Christine Brennan
Published February 22nd, 2012
LOS ANGELES – The hundreds of women from around the world who gathered last week for the start of the International Olympic Committee‘s fifth Women and Sport Conference had just settled into their seats in the Nokia Theatre when an opening video flickered before them. It was an IOC highlight reel of Olympic performances, but something was wrong with it. It included footage of one great male athlete after another. There were almost no women in it.
Out of 34 athletes who appeared in that film, there were the recognizable images of just four women, and they went by so quickly that many conference attendees didn’t think there were any at all.
When you watch footage like that, as I did as a speaker at the conference, you have to give the IOC credit for honesty: It didn’t even try to fake its concern for the achievements of women in sport. Or perhaps it is simply cluelessness; the IOC doesn’t know, or perhaps doesn’t care, about how awful that opening video looked.
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Published February 2012