In its 2012-2013 Women’s Coaching Report, The Tucker Center at the University of Minnesota graded Providence College a “D” for its neglectful position in hiring female coaches for their female teams. In fact, only 36.4% of Providence College women’s sports teams were coached by women. This is the lowest score of Division I schools located in the Northeast and on par with a scary trend throughout the Big East Conference.
The issue is not about compliance. It’s about creating opportunities for women and girls that offer greater change and respect in your collegiate community. Commit to hiring female coaches for your women’s programs and shift your current sport culture towards one of equality, leadership and opportunity for students and staff alike.
At Women Win, we are dedicated to supporting the advancement of girls and women through sport at all
ages and all levels worldwide.
According to a recent article by USA Today, the Tucker Center at the University of Minnesota reported that 40+ years after the passage of Title IX, female sport participation is at an all-time high but the percentage of women coaching women at the collegiate level has declined from 90+% in 1974 to near an all-time low today of 40%.
While the number of collegiate coaching opportunities is also at a record high, only 20% of all college coaching positions for men's and women's teams are filled by women.
That's just not right.
Based on other reports, access to female head coaches for young women matter in four key ways:
1. Helps change cultural attitudes about women in positions of leadership
2. Attracts more women to the field of coaching as a legitimate and viable career
3. Provides gender-relevant mentoring and insights to female athletes
4. Reduces the likelihood of a negative workplace environment for women
In short, access to female coaches is imperative for the development of athletes, teams and athletics programs.
Help us get
Providence College on the right path by signing our petition demanding equal
opportunities for women in the Providence College athletes department.
Your voice counts!