The NFL just hired their first female ref. Here’s why that’s huge...

The NFL just hired their first female ref. Here’s why that’s huge news.


Sarah Thomas started as a football official 16 years ago, refereeing high school games. fjällräven kånken Stora From there, she moved up to college-level play, and was handling the top tier teams and games in college football by 2007. When positions opened up for NFL referees in 2013, her name was on the short list of 20 finalists. Asics Gel Lyte 3 NFL MainTo be fair, she isn’t the first woman to officiate at an NFL game. It’s happened before, but it was under different circumstances. In 2012, there was a contract dispute between the NFL and their referee association, so there were non-union refs hired to attend the games. One of those non-union referees was Shannon Eastin. While she hadn’t been through the development program provided by the NFL, was was a college football referee at the time. Chaussures Nike Pas Cher She only worked with the NFL for approximately three weeks, until the contract dispute was resolved. Comprar Nike Air Max Baratas Sarah Thomas is different. She has been officially hired as a full-time NFL referee – and that’s a big deal for football and also a big deal for the advancement of women everywhere. Goedkope Nike Air Max 1 Women have been getting into the male-dominated world of sports much more frequently in recent years, but breaking into the NFL was still something that hadn’t happened for anyone until Sarah Thomas was hired. Women were refereeing men’s basketball games as far back as 1997, when Violet Palmer made history as the first women to ref in that sport. Dee Kantner was hired that same year, but fired in 2002. Another woman, Lauren Holtkamp, was hired in 2014. Referees like Palmer have made names for themselves because they are good at what they do – and that is the best way to silence the critics and open the door for more women to get into male-dominated sports. In 2014, there was also a woman hired as assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs NBA team. Becky Hammon’s hiring meant she was the first full-time female coach in the history of the NBA. It was a groundbreaking moment. But people like Hammon, Palmer, and Thomas aren’t just falling into these kinds of careers. It takes years and years of hard work and dedication for them to be accepted and valued for what they can do.