by Alicia Radford | April 10th, 2012
The results of the IQA gender rule vote have been tallied. The vote was open for two weeks and 61% of official member teams (90/148) voted. The vote asked whether the IQA gender rule for Version 6.0 of the rulebook should use a 5:2 gender ratio (with or without the seeker counting toward that ratio) or a 3:4 gender ratio (with or without the seeker counting toward that ratio). Eighty-one percent of teams voted to keep the gender ratio at 5:2, and 67% of teams voted that the seeker should not count toward the gender requirement.
Therefore, the gender rule will remain unchanged in Version 6.0 of the rulebook.
The IQA remains committed to promoting gender equality on and off the pitch. In the 2012-2013 season, teams who play using a 3:4 ratio will receive special recognition. Results from Adam Cohen’s academic study on quidditch are revealing that participation in quidditch reduces stereotypes, increases players’ desires for inclusivity and equality, and increases self-confidence and pride in women. “[Being co-ed] helps and enhances the game and really teaches the players what people are capable of from both genders and different sizes and strengths,” said one study respondent. “Quidditch has really demonstrated to me just how equal coed sports can be. It is easy for a girl to be just as successful in this sport as a boy, which can’t be said for most sports,” said another.
More comprehensive results from Adam Cohen’s survey will be released in the coming weeks.
Thank you to all the teams who voted.