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Females still absent in coaching ranks (USA)

NCC Women's Basketball vs. Elmhurst

This past year in the NCAA Division I Final Four Women?s Basketball Tournament, all four teams were under the direction of male coaches, the first time in the tournament?s history. If you didn?t bat an eye at that statistic, don?t beat yourself up.

In modern, high revenue women?s sports, such as basketball, men hold most head coaching positions. You may be wondering, why is this such a big deal?

Well, back in 1972 when Title IX went into effect, women coached 90 percent of women?s sports teams. By 2012, that number had fallen to fewer than 43 percent, an alarming statistic reported in an article from Fortune Magazine.

Unfortunately, across the aisle, the number seems to have remained the same over the last 40 years; the amount of women coaching collegiate men?s sports is just 2?percent. One would think 34 years after Title IX that this wouldn?t be an issue, but the truth hits hard, and female athletes feel the blow.

My experience with male coaches started when I was young, and I didn?t play for a female coach until my freshman year of college. North Central College softball player Brooke Kehoe (17), like countless other women across the country, had a similar experience growing up.

She played on her dad?s travel team for six years, as well as under other male coaching staff for 13 years.


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