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Is sexism in sports to blame for today’s lack of women coaches?

Sexism keeps women from being sports coaches

The reasons are more complicated than sexism

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Sexism in sports keeps a greater number of women from being collegiate or pro coaches. While there are increasingly more women's sports teams to coach, more of the coaching positions are going to men, writes Jessica Luther in Teen Vogue.  A big factor is because people tend to hire others who remind them of themselves and whom they already know, and as most athletic directors are men, they hire other men as head coaches who then hire men as their assistants. It has also been proven that female coaches are held up to different standards than their male counterparts and have less job security. Plus, says Luther, people in sports and the media continue spreading sexist attitudes about women's inablity to coach pro men teams, and the lack of women coaches enforces this. 

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There are broad, complicated reasons, besides sexism, that drive women away from coaching collegiate and pro sports. The NCAA conducted a wide range of interviews and found a myriad of answers for today's lack of women coaches. One factor is because as women's sports grew, coaching positions became more lucrative, so men started applying for coaching jobs in both men's and women's sports, which narrowed the opportunities for women who didn't cross over to men's sports. Relatedly, while more women are playing sports, they haven't ever had a female coach or mentor, so they don't identify or recognize an opportunity to become a coach. Plus, the demands and pressures of being a coach intrude upon family time, something working mothers are less likely to give up than men.   

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