A Gym Chat forum post quotes some optimistic FIG statistics:
In the top positions of the FIG though, there are more men in charge than women, but it is getting more even:
According to statistics, female gymnasts participating in official competitions and registered in the FIG Gala data base are the majority. Out of a total of 4,681 gymnasts, 2,769 are women, a whopping 59.2%. This majority can be attributed to Rhythmic Gymnastics, an exclusively female discipline, while Artistic, Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic are nearly 50/50.
The demographic picture of the athletes does not in reflect the one of the FIG authorities, the majority of which is made up of men.
For the current Olympic cycle spanning from 2004-2008, the Federation’s authorities include 85 elected members, who make up the Council, the Executive Committee and the seven Technical Committees. The demographic breakdown shows 48 men and 37 women, respectively 56% and 44%.
Nonetheless, if the statistics are to be believed, the FIG is moving toward equality…
Gymnastics Message Boards – Gym Chat :: View topic – Men/Women coach ratio smaller in gymnastics than other sport
My feeling is that we all need to promote female coaches in all sports.
As a club General Manager I’ve found that female coaches are more responsible, on average, to fulfil their job descriptions.
Rachael Tart – Funtastics Gymnastics, Idaho