KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- At the Women's Final-4 in Tampa Muffet McGarw, who's wrapping up her 32nd season at Notre Dame was asked about hiring practices. The reporter asked, "as your career has gone on and we lost Pat Summitt, how seriously do you take being that voice?
McGraw wasted no time in answering, "We don't have enough female role models. We don't have enough visible women leaders. We don't have enough women in power."
She went on to add, "All these millions of girls that play sports across the country, we're teaching them great things about life skills. But wouldn't it be great if we could teach them to watch how women lead? This is a path for you to take to get to the point where in this country we have 50 percent of women in power. We have right now less than 5 percent of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies."
Her next comment wasn't directed towards Tennessee, but certainly applies.Regarding hiring practices in women's college basketball McGraw said, "When you look at men's basketball, 99 percent of the jobs go to men," McGraw said. "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. That's the problem."
Notre Dame will face UConn in one of the women's national Semifinals with Oregon facing Baylor in the other game on Friday night.