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Power Take: When it comes to equity, a big gender gap still exists

Fourteen hours after the Bills announced Kathryn Smith had become the NFL’s first female full-time coach, another historical notice hit my inbox.

The Dolphins proclaimed they’d be the first NFL franchise to stage multiple international cheerleader auditions.

Smith and the Bills busted through a barrier, but sports have a long way to go in treating women as equals. Take this knuckle-dragger: Cleveland radio host Kevin Kiley said there’s “no place for a woman in professional sports, in football, coaching men.” Sigh.

The Buffalo Jills are gone because of a lawsuit. I’ve heard from exactly zero fans over the past two years that a lack of cheerleaders diminished their game-day experience.

A New York court just two weeks ago declared a Jills class-action lawsuit would be allowed to proceed against the Bills. The Jills’ group claims they were paid less than minimum wage and forced to follow a strict code of conduct.

The Bills deserve credit for hiring Smith and pulling sports farther into the 21st century.

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Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.

Today’s Power Takes

• Tim Graham’s Power Take: When it comes to equity, a big gender gap still exists

• Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: There’s no comparison between Bird and Melo

• Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Kathryn Smith’s promotion wins public-relations points