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Title:A sporting chance? Resegregation of coaching jobs in women's intercollegiate athletics
Author(s):Fishwick, Lesley
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Spaeth, Joe
Department / Program:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Women's Studies
Sociology, General
Abstract:Coaching women's sport is becoming resegregated from "women's work" to "men's work." This study examined how and why men are entering jobs in women's intercollegiate athletics to a greater extent than women. I compared two collegiate sport organizations: an athletic association and a division of campus recreation. I interviewed a stratified sample of professional staff (N = 32, N = 26) and mailed a survey questionnaire to the entire staff of each organization (N = 60, N = 30).
After Title IX, women's sport programs expanded in terms of number of jobs available, increased budgets and increased salaries for coaches. The representation of women in coaching positions decreased. Administrators argued that the increased demand for coaches exhausted the supply of qualified women. However, the study suggests that as men entered the labor queue for jobs in women's sport, deep-seated beliefs in sex differences influenced many administrators to place men at the top of this queue. Furthermore, the merging of men and women's programs and the division between revenue and non-revenue sport created many structural barriers for women in the athletic association. A competitive, business-like organizational culture exacerbated patriarchal notions stemming from the traditional dominance of men in sport.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Fishwick, Lesley
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9114235
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9114235

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