Beth Mowins: Making Herstory in the NFL
This September ESPN broadcaster Beth Mowins will be the first female play caller for a regular season NFL game. She will call the September 11 Monday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. As a fan of the game, this is a big deal and a long-time coming. This is historic because calling the live game has been largely a role reserved for men and even more specifically past coaches and players. Mowins has been with ESPN since 1994 and has covered many women’s collegiate sports and recently began calling the Raiders preseason games. In a male-dominated sport like football, it may be easy to assume that women should remain on the sidelines (pun intended), but as women we all know better.
So what is the key takeaway for the rest of us? What can you take away from this if you work in a corporate space, in education, or science & technology? Just because a woman has never done it, does not mean that a woman cannot or should not be doing it. Let’s keep making history herstory.
Even though I know better, I read the comments on a post about Mowins’ new role. SMH, why did I do that. Many commenters seemed to be less than thrilled or even cynical that Mowins is actually deserving of this opportunity. Some even accused ESPN of only seeking positive press for putting a woman in this role. And just like that, a moment that should be positive and a moment of celebration is cast as meaningless and a competition between men and women. Reading those comments is honestly one of the main reasons that BossChix Network exists. If we don’t support each other, who will??
So back to my original point, let’s keep making herstory, support each other, and forget the detractors.