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WNBA Gets Highest Grade on Racial and Gender Report Card

The WNBA received an A+ grade for its diversity hiring practices from the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports “Racial and Gender Report Card.” Richard Lapchick, the leader of the study, said “the WNBA remains the best employer overall for women and people of color in any sport,” according to Slam Online. The study says this year the number of female head coaches in the WNBA increased 12 percent, bringing to total percent of female head coaches to 58 percent, according to The Los Angeles Times. The league also saw an increase in female CEO-presidents and senior administrators. WNBA President Donna Orender remains the only female president of a professional sports league. The WNBA received the lowest scores in categories for team vice presidents and professional positions on teams. According to the Los Angeles Times, 69 percent of WNBA players this season are African American and 16 percent are white.

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The Los Angeles Times 7/29/10; Slam Online 7/30/10

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