Change is happening. For the first time, women are being hired to coach in traditionally male-dominated sports organizations. Young people are taking the lead in fighting global climate change. These changes are helping to reshape the future of what’s possible—your future! You should care because these women are breaking down barriers and changing the way things are to how things can be. Plus, these women rock, AMIRITE?
It has already been an excellent year for women in sports! Here are three fantastic stories of women’s accomplishments this year:
1. Female coaching assistants are still a rarity in the NFL; however, women have broken through the bias barrier in the past few years. Jennifer Welter was the first female coaching intern for the NFL when she was hired in 2015 to be a seasonal assistant for the Arizona Cardinals. And this month, Katie Sowers will be the first female to coach in the Super Bowl when her team, the San Francisco 49ers, play against the Kansas City Chiefs. She will also be the first openly gay coach to do so!
2. After more than 150 years, MLB finally chose a woman to hold a coaching position in 2020. Alyssa Nakken will be the first full-time female coach in MLB and will be working with the San Francisco Giants.
3. Canada’s Christine Sinclair has scored more goals than any other player in the history of international soccer. In her 185th career game, she played against Saint Kitts and Nevis (the 41st country she played against.) in an 11-0 game. When she scored her second goal, Christine Sinclair surpassed Abby Wambach of the United States as the player with the most goals under her belt. Abby Wambach said, “Christine: History is made. Your victory is our victory. We celebrate with you. And to every girl coming up in the Pack with a dream to achieve that which doesn’t yet even exist: We believe in you. Your Pack is with you. And history awaits you.”