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Sex discrimination continues to operate in the working environment of college athletics. Female coaches experience bias both because of their sex and the intersections of gender stereotypes with stereotypes about women of color, lesbians, and aging. The law continues to be a leverage to challenge barriers to women’s leadership in college sports. This Article provides an overview of the relevant legal protections in three cases brought by coaches Beth Burns, Tracey Griesbaum, and Shannon Miller. Their cases expose discrimination and the double standard related to the value of female coaches’ success.


Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange © 2017

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Erin Buzuvis, Coaches in Court: Legal Challenges to Sex Discrimination in College Athletics, 6 TENN. J. RACE GENDER & SOC. JUST. 41 (2017).