Sunday Makes History for Women in the NFL

By Jackson Sparks, Sports Editor–

Last Sunday, the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Football Team squared off in a game that ultimately made NFL History. It was the first ever game in which both teams had women assistant coaches and featured a female referee.

Callie Brownson is the Browns’ chief of staff, Jennifer King is Washington’s full-year coaching intern, and Sarah Thomas is an NFL official. The three got together for a photo opportunity at the beginning of the game and embraced this historic feat.

“Definitely wanted to take a second to thank everyone for all of the love from a super cool moment from yesterday’s game,” said King via Twitter. “Big shoutout to Callie, Sarah, Laura Okmin, and all of the awesome women of the NFL.” Okmin is the founder of GALvanize, an organization seeking to empower women in the world of sports.

Before the game, Washington head coach Ron Rivera wrote on twitter, “As I am doing my final pregame prep, a sense of pride has come to me. I can’t help but think of the historic significance of today.”

Brownson responded, “Today happened because of coaches like you who fight for diversity and equality.”

In 2015, the Arizona Cardinals hired Jennifer Welter, marking the first time a woman has ever been on an NFL coaching staff. Since then, several other franchises have followed in their footsteps. Women in the NFL is no longer taboo.

As these three women showed, women are making significant strides in the world of sports. Women are beginning to show up on coaching staffs in numerous professional sports and they are not going anywhere.

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