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Elite officiating tough for women to crack

Elite officiating tough for women to crack

Originally Published: August 8, 2011
By Jane McManus

Women continue to struggle to break in as officials at the highest levels of sports. espnW examines the sports showing progress and those lagging far behind.

When Billie Jean King watches a tennis match and sees a blown call, she hopes the linesperson at fault is not a woman. Although she has led the gender-equity charge in tennis since defeating Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, she hears people speak openly about female officials.

"They don't trust the women; they ...

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