Fangirl Minute: Women Breaking Barriers in Sports


We Fangirls are constantly pushing boundaries and carving out our space in the world of sports fandom. March is Women’s History Month, so we wanted to take a look at some women who are making history by breaking down barriers and pushing the boundaries in the world of sports.

1. Becky Hammond – Hammond was a former WNBA great for the Liberty and was hired as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs in August 2014, becoming the first full-time, female coach in NBA history. She was also the first female head coach in the NBA’s Summer League.

2. Sarah Thomas – This former college basketball player recently made history by becoming the first full-time female referee in the NFL 2015. She made her debut in a game featuring the Chiefs and Titans. Remember the Titans? Maybe. Remember Sarah Thomas? Absolutely.

3. Jessica Mendoza – We Fangirls like to talk and this amazing woman made a career out of it! A four-time All American softball player and Olympic medalist, she made her debut with ESPN as a color commentator for the Women’s College World Series. She recently became the first female broadcaster for Major League Baseball and was recently added to the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team.

4. Danica Patrick – Let’s not forget this woman who ruled the road and became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 and to win an IndyCar race topping the field at the Japan 300.

Girls, we run the world and the road.

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