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Notre Dame women's basketball coach won't hire male assistant coaches: 'We don't have enough women in power'


Coach Muffet McGraw has won two national championships

Notre Dame head women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw. (Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Notre Dame women's basketball head coach Muffet McGraw said she will no longer hire men to serve as her assistant coaches, citing the fact that there are no female coaches in men's college basketball, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Who is she? McGraw is one of the most high profile figures in women's basketball. Her Notre Dame program has won two national championships, with a chance at a third this year. She was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

What did she say? "We don't have enough female role models, we don't have enough visible women leaders, we don't have enough women in power. Girls are socialized to know when they come out, gender roles are already set. Men run the world. Men have the power. Men make the decisions."

Later in the interview, she added:

"So, yes, when you look at men's basketball, and 99 percent of the jobs go to men, why shouldn't 100 or 99 percent of the jobs in women's basketball go to women? Maybe it's because we only have 10 percent women athletic directors in Division I. People hire people who look like them. And that's the problem."

McGraw also pointed out that women still hold a relatively small percentage of leadership positions at Fortune 500 countries and in Congress. Watch below:

More than 40 percent of women's basketball head coaches are men. There are no female head coaches in men's basketball. Almost 90 percent of athletic directors, who are responsible for hiring college head coaches, are men.

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