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Recognizing Women's Recent Accomplishments in Sports

May 4, 2010

by Alexis McCombs Since the beginning of time, little girls have been taught to focus on finding something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.  As a gender, we are slowly evolving from the “Home Ed” classes of the 60’s that taught us how to take care of the men we married to being able to do the things our men can do like playing, coaching and writing about sports as “extra-curricular activities.” May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month and the perfect time to reflect on three recent accomplishments for women in sport that have come and gone without much fan fare or media coverage but worthy of notoriety. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="120" caption="Nancy Lieberman"]Nancy Lieberman[/caption]
  1. Just three weeks ago the Obama administration repealed a Bush loophole in Title IX which is a federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination in educational institutions that receive financial funding from the government.  Many schools put the burden of proof on female students to fill out surveys in order to show they are interested in sports. If there was a lack of response, the institutions could justify not offering programs to women but still be in compliance.
  2. Nancy Lieberman was named the first head coach of an NBA men’s team.  She will lead the Texas Legends, a developmental team for the Dallas Mavericks.
  3. In March, Natalie Robinson became head football coach at Calvin Coolidge Sr. High School in Washington, DC.  The trailblazer is a former wide receiver for the DC Divas, a women’s pro-football team.
Taken from the words of Hillary Clinton, we haven’t shattered the glass ceiling yet, but we continue to crack it.  Since there are no female coaches in Major League Baseball, no female general managers in the National Football League, only 1% of all physicians in the NBA are women and  only 6% are Associated Press sports editors which have the power to tell our stories - we still have work to do.* *Lapchick, Richard Dr., The Racial & Gender Report Card, Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sport (www.tidesport.com).
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