June 10, 2014

Why is the number of female coaches dwindling?

Jimmy Dykes, who has never coached women's basketball at any level, was recently named the head women's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas.

The appointment drew a good deal of criticism from Tara and other female coaches.

And it led Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated) to investigate why the percentage of women coaching women's college teams has dropped from about 9 of 10 to less than half in the 42 years since Title IX. Tara knows one reason, "When there was no money in it, there were no men in it."

Davis concludes with another quote from Tara, "The world we live in still has a long way to go in terms of sexism ..."

Read more in Davis's article and in “Women in Intercollegiate Sport. A Longitudinal, National Study, Thirty Five Year Update. 1977-2012”.

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