The NFL is embroiled in a scandal of racism and discrimination against Brian Flores. Fired from the Miami Dolphins after leading them to back-to-back winning seasons, Flores believes he is the next victim in the league’s long history of inequitable treatment of Black coaches.
The lawsuit includes not only the Dolphins ownership but also the New York Giants front office for misleading the coach into believing he had a fair interview for the vacant head coaching position, only to learn they had hired a White coach and staged his interview for days later as to appear to be fulfilling the NFL’s Rooney Rule (a requirement for league teams to interview ethnic-minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs).
Since such racism and discrimination exist in the high-profile world of professional sports, imagine the extent of such unjust practices across the rest of the employment sector.
Statistically, discrimination and sexist hiring practices against women and mothers, especially women of color, are widespread. Moreover, in academia, there is a gender exclusionary pandemic.
“Professor mothers are on the rise. In 2014, 80% of women ages 40 to 44 with a Ph.D. or professional degree had given birth, compared to 65% in 1994. Working mothers face many career hurdles compared to working fathers,” said Nancy Wang Yuen and Deshonna Collier-Goubil on the CBF Podcast Conversation.
Coeditors of “Power Women: Stories of Motherhood, Faith, and the Academy,” Collier-Goubil and Yuen are challenging the discriminatory practices of higher education.
Deshonna is the founding chair of the criminal justice department and the interim dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences at Azusa Pacific University. Nancy is the associate professor of sociology at Biola University.
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