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									  The Effects of Gender Discrimination on the Decline of Women Collegiate Coaches

                                     Melissa Hemple

                                        May 2002



Although the passage of Title IX in 1972 provided women with greater opportunities in

athletics, in recent years there has been a decline in the number of women in coaching

positions. Past obstacles dealt with gender discrimination. This study explores whether

discrimination is still a factor in the decline of the number of women coaches. In the

past, research revealed gender discrimination against women in athletics existed and may

be reflected in the number of women coaches hired. The participants in this study were

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college or university athletic

leaders of both genders. Selected NCAA Division I athletic leaders were sent a survey,

asking views on women in leadership positions and asking them to rank a list of possible

causes for the decline of women in coaching positions. The findings of this study reveal

a greater acceptance of women in leadership positions and suggest a more applicant-

based reason for the decline in the number of women coaches.

								
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