Women in College & Pro Sports

Evolution of women’s participation, gender discrimination, cultural attitudes, laws & court decisions, economics, coaches & administrators.

This research paper discusses gender or sex discrimination
in college and professional sports. In the 1970s and 1980s, female athletes made substantial progress toward achieving equal rights in collegiate athletics through litigation and the threat of litigation. Women coaches made less progress. The entire movement suffered some loss of momentum after the late 1980s because of more restrictive court rulings, funding problems and other factors. Female athletes have hardly made a dent in professional sports, except in certain non-contact sports such as tennis, golf and track.

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Until the broader womens movement began to assert itself in the 1960s, little progress was made toward securing equal rights…