Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Psychology, Criminal Justice and Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Jenell Paris


This unobtrusive qualitative research was aimed to explore the linguistic differences in media news archives between male and female athletes in sport. Data was collected unobtrusively through Notre Dame University’s athletic online website where media news archives were gathered from the sports of soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in the 2019 year. Open coding was then achieved with the help of varying verbs and adjectives collected. Upon analysis, four patterns emerged from the open coding process. These themes being latent gendered linguistics, a double standard, overemphasizing qualifications of female athletes, and structural disparities. Results concluded that there continues to be major differences in the ways women are talked about in sport compared to men.

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