In the early 1970s, 90 percent of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, that number is drastically lower: 43 percent.
As our new investigation explains, the unexpected culprit for this decline is Title IX, a piece of legislation intended to level the playing field for female athletes. The law made it illegal for any educational institution to discriminate based on gender. But as our new investigation shows, it also had the unintended consequence of shutting the door for many female coaches.
Despite the decline, we know there are many female coaches out there who are making a difference every day. And we want to hear who those role models are in your life.
Using the form below, tell us about the female coaches who have influenced you – at any level, in any sport. We’ll read all the stories that come in and choose a few for potential inclusion in our newsletter and podcast. You also can email your stories to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.