St. John's Red Storm

Female sports pioneers carry message to Vatican conference

One in four IOC members are women, but only three are on the 14-member IOC executive board.

Two out of 211 soccer federation presidents are female, and women are allotted only six quota seats on the 37-member FIFA council.

A mere one of 17 are on UEFA's executive committee.

When female sports pioneer Val Ackerman looks at the numbers of women in leadership roles in world sports organizations, she cringes.

"Having been in the business now nearly three decades, I can see some movement, but it's slow," said the founding president of the Women's National Basketball Association and current commissioner of the Big East collegiate athletics...