#WomensWednesday – Is it important to ‘blend in’ on the sports field?
This weekends NFL game saw history made as Sarah Thomas became the first woman to officiate an NFL divisional playoff between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers. Out of 121 NFL officials, Sarah is the only female and has been since 2015. Now in her fourth year as an official, she was the also the first woman to officiate a major college game in 2007, the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium and the first to officiate a bowl game in 2009. A Brandon, Mississippi, native, Sarah played basketball at University of Mobile before beginning officiating after attending a meeting with her brother.
In an interview with NBC sports in 2015, about her journey to one of the World’s biggest sports leagues, Sarah explained that she prefers to wear her blonde locks tucked under her hat while officiating to ‘blend in’ and be seen as just another official.
Another instance of the phrase “blending in” being used was a recent article about female coaches in the NFL as one author discribed the hiring of Pheobe Schecter
“There’s the 5’4 frame and the long blonde hair. Compared to all these other Bills coaches with their shaved heads and beards and goatees and scowls, guys who look like they’ve been barking orders since they stepped out of the womb, Schecter doesn’t exactly blend in. In fact, a woman — any woman — on the football field makes many people downright uncomfortable.”
So, this week we want to know if you think having to ‘blend in’ is important to you on the sports field?
Do you try to ‘blend in’? If so how?
Does it matter if you are noticed as a female coach?
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