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date: 01 March 2021

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This chapter will address several aspects of gender inequality in college athletics, including inequitable allocation of resources and opportunities, inadequate institutional response to allegations of sexual violence against college athletes, and employment discrimination against female coaches and administrators. These challenges exist notwithstanding federal law, Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in education. Reasons for the recalcitrance of gender inequality in college sports include limitations of the law to adequately motivate compliance, as well as the patriarchy’s reliance on sport as a means of constructing and sustaining the relationship between masculinity and power. For these reasons, it is important to consider both legal and extra-legal solutions to the problem of gender inequality in sport that involve lawmakers and individual and associated educational institutions, as well as the general public.

Keywords: Title IX, sex discrimination, gender inequality, college athletics, limitations of the law

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