Yesterday I wrote about Duke’s Coach K winning his fifth national championship title and his impressive legacy as a coach…
Which prompted one of my readers to point out Coach Geno Auriemma.
I will admit I had no idea who the man was until I read her comment. Turns out he is the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut. Tuesday night he won his third national title in a row and now has TEN national titles total (tied with John Wooden). So much for Coach K’s record!
Yet, as Tracy noted, the game was not on one of the big three networks and garnered little to no post-game-day chatter as did the men.
This revelation came on the heels of hearing a conversation about a female athletic director who, while at an athletic director conference, was dismissed on several occasions as either being a wife or a secretary. We still have a long way to go for women’s equality.
All of us have pre-conceived notions of the roles people should play or what is important. We can move forward towards creating a more equal and just society by expanding our own world view to see beyond that which is obvious to us. Instead of paying attention only to the dominant voice or presence, be intentional about looking for the non-majority experiences as well. There are a lot of winners there too!