Women's Sports, Male Coaches

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sun Mar 7 17:44:03 PST 1999

Robin Finn writes in "Harassment a Concern as Women's Sports Grow" (NYT, 7 March 1999, Sec. 1, p. 1+):

*** In an odd twist, the rise in reports of harassment by male coaches is acknowledged to be an unanticipated byproduct of a landmark victory for women: Title IX, the 1972 law barring sexual discrimination at schools that receive Federal money. As participation in organized women's athletics has rocketed from 300,000 to 3 million student-athletes in the wake of Title IX, creating a need for thousands of new coaches, the share of those coaches who are women has dropped dramatically: at the college level, the percentage of female head coaches of women's teams has fallen to 47.4 percent, from 90 percent in 1972....

Educators attribute the predominance of male coaches in the wake of Title IX to various factors, including an upswing in male applicants for jobs that did not previously exist or did not pay as well as they do now, and a bias by some male athletic directors against recruiting and hiring female candidates. (Men direct 80 percent of university athletic departments.) ***


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