Canoe sprint world champion Nevin Harrison, 19, trains in the US ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, where new events will be held in a bid for gender equity. Photo: AP Canoe sprint world champion Nevin Harrison, 19, trains in the US ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, where new events will be held in a bid for gender equity. Photo: AP
Canoe sprint world champion Nevin Harrison, 19, trains in the US ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, where new events will be held in a bid for gender equity. Photo: AP
Michelle O'Shea
Opinion

Opinion

Michelle O'Shea and Sarah Duffy

Tokyo Olympics: are ‘first gender-balanced Games’ really a win for women?

  • There is a lot to be hopeful about at Tokyo, which will feature the most female athletes at an Olympics, write Michelle O’Shea and Sarah Duffy
  • But women still face sexist attitudes, abuse and harassment. Clearly much more needs to change before the Games can truly be described as equitable

Canoe sprint world champion Nevin Harrison, 19, trains in the US ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, where new events will be held in a bid for gender equity. Photo: AP Canoe sprint world champion Nevin Harrison, 19, trains in the US ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, where new events will be held in a bid for gender equity. Photo: AP
Canoe sprint world champion Nevin Harrison, 19, trains in the US ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, where new events will be held in a bid for gender equity. Photo: AP
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Michelle O'Shea

Michelle O'Shea

Dr Michelle O’Shea is a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University. Her research interests are in the areas of sport, culture and society, involving the critical examination of professional and non-profit sport organisation functioning addressing issues relevant to gender and diversity, sport organisation community and societal impacts, sport marketing and social media communications.

Sarah Duffy

Sarah Duffy

Sarah Duffy is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Business, Western Sydney University. Her research explores the consequences of marketing in terms of fairness, quality of life and environmental sustainability, with a focus on issues relating to gender and power in the workplace.