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- Basketball and Culture in the Southern Piedmont
- Judy Wilkins Rose oral history interview 1, 1993 May 19
Judy Wilkins Rose oral history interview 1, 1993 May 19
Judy Rose, the UNC Charlotte Athletics Director at the time of the interview, discusses her personal experiences and those of women athletes in their quest for parity in collegiate sports since Title IX. She reflects upon her early career as a graduate student and joining UNC Charlotte in 1975 as a coach of women's sports, and relates the challenges she faced during a time when gender conventions and lack of scholarship funding limited women's participation in sports and made recruitment difficult. She talks about the growing opportunities for women like herself in sports management, but discusses how discrimination in the profession is still common. Ms. Rose describes gender stereotypes like questions about femininity and physical ability that she and other women in athletics have had to endure, but contends that rigid gender roles are loosening. In addition, Ms. Rose talks about transformations she's seen in basketball over the years, including the reduction in size of women's basketballs, the elimination of jump ball, and the introduction of new rules and player technique.