This women’s basketball coach won’t hire male coaches for this badass (and feminist) reason
Muffet McGraw is the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame, and she is so sick and tired of women’s basketball teams having mostly male, and primarily white male, coaches. During a March 30th interview with Think Progress, McGraw point-blank said: “People are hiring too many men.”
For her part, she’s hired an all-female coaching staff for the last seven years and has no plans to hire a male coach ever again. Although she’s been living her “no male coaches” mantra for years, it wasn’t until she said she’d never hire a male coach again that the sports world leaned in.
During a press conference on Thursday, April 4th, McGraw explained why it is necessary to have gender parity in leadership positions.
"We don’t have enough visible female leaders. We don’t have enough women in power," she said. "Girls are socialized to know that when they come out, gender roles are already set. Men run the world. Men have the power. Men make the decisions. It’s always the man that is the stronger one."
Typically, when someone announces an all-woman hiring policy, there’s always some guy (usually anonymously and on the internet) who bemoans the so-called discrimination. McGraw already has her clapback ready.
"When you look at men's basketball and 99% of the jobs go to men, why shouldn't 100% or 99% of the jobs in women's basketball go to women?" she said.
She punctuated this thought with the matter-of-fact statement: “People hire people who look like them, and that’s the problem.”