SHARP, the Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls, was established in 2010 as a new partnership between the Women’s Sports Foundation and U-M’s School of Kinesiology and the Institute for Research on Women & Gender. SHARP’s mission is to lead research that enhances the scope, experience, and sustainability of participation in sport, play, and movement for women and girls. Leveraging the research leadership of the University of Michigan with the policy and programming expertise of the Women’s Sports Foundation, findings from SHARP research will better inform pubic engagement, advocacy, and implementation to enable more women and girls to be active, healthy, and successful.
SHARP has released its latest research report, which provides new insights into the generally poor representation of women in leadership roles and sports participation in the international and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic organizations. The ground-breaking report also assesses the extent that the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) are fulfilling their stated missions with respect to gender equality.