The Super Bowl is the latest event to see leading women breakthroughs in the sport


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It’s officially Women’s History Month.

Last month’s Super Bowl LV in Tampa proved to be yet another achievement for women in sports, in a matter of months they were filled with.

Sarah Thomas became the first woman to hold a Super Bowl official position, while Buccaneers had two assistant coaches, defensive line assistant Lori Locust and assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar, who became the first assistant to be on the Super Bowl-winning team.

Locust and Javadifar followed in the footsteps of Katie Sowers, assistant to the San Francisco 49ers who became the first woman to train in the Super Bowl last year.

They are now added to the list of other women who have broken barriers in the sport recently.

Here are a few others

  • In November, Miami Marlins hired Kim Ng as the first female general manager in baseball history. The 51-year-old Ng previously served as Assistant General Manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees, and as Major League Baseball’s First League Vice President of Baseball Operations.

  • Also in November, Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play a soccer game for the Power Five conference program when she took on the kicking duties for Vanderbilt. Fuller is a member of the Vanderbilt soccer team who put “Play Like a Girl” on the back of her helmet for this historic occasion.

  • In December, adventurous Emily Harrington became the first woman to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, a 3,200-foot rock formation with a smooth granite wall. Harrington completed the ascent in just over 21 hours to establish herself in the record books.

  • In January, the Boston Red Sox named Bianca Smith as a senior league coach, becoming the first black woman to train in professional baseball. The 29-year-old Smith spent time training with the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds and had extensive experience as a college hit coordinator.

More breaches are likely to occur in the near future.


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