The impact of gender quotas in sport management: the case of Spain Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2020

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1743-0437

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-0445


  • This article investigates the impact of gender quotas on sport management by analyzing the gender quota established in 2014 in Spain on boards of national sport federations (of at least three women or 33% of board members). Drawing on published and on-line documents and eighty-six interviews of female and male federation board members, I find that the Spanish gender quota increased the proportion of women board members (but not the proportion of women federation presidents). Economic sanctions for non-compliance made the quota effective. The quota had the effect within federations of making gender inequality more visible. Thus, this research concludes that gender quotas have substantial consequences for sport management other than the numerical increment of women managers.


  • Sociology


  • quotas; spain; sport; gender; management