Witnessing History – Guest Post by Mrs. BeefLoaf

While relaxing one evening last week, BeefLoaf and I settled on watching A League of Their Own which had started about 30 minutes prior. As we watched with Bonita Steakie, she was amazed that the league didn’t continue on for very long after the war ended. Bonita is growing up in a time where many things that were not possible for women ARE possible today.

Lori Petty, Tom Hanks and Geena Davis in the iconic A League of Their Own

The month of November has been a historic month in our collective history. We have our first female Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris, our first female General Manager in any of the four major American Men’s Sports, Kim Ng, our first female athlete to play in a Power 5 Conference football game, Sarah Fuller, and the first woman to coach an NFL position group in the regular season, Callie Brownson.

Who are these women and why does it matter? Let’s start with who they are which will in many ways answer why it matters.

Kim Ng

Kim Ng, new GM of the Miami Marlins

Kim Ng rose through the ranks of baseball, starting her career with our beloved Chicago White Sox as an intern after finishing her degree at The University of Chicago. Ng went on to work with the New York Yankees as an Assistant General Manager and was credited with successfully negotiating Derek Jeter’s contract, among others. Since 2011 she served as the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for the MLB. For over 10 years, she has interviewed for GM jobs with The Dodgers, Mets, Phillies, Giants, Mariners and Padres. She has experienced racism and sexism and continued to pursue her goal of becoming a GM.

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller warming up before Vanderbilt took on Mizzou

Sarah Fuller, a Vanderbilt star soccer star was coming off the Southeastern Conference title championship game win over Arkansas, and getting ready to head home to Texas for Thanksgiving when she received an offer to try out for the beleaguered Vandy football team as their kicker. She ended up on the roster as the only kicker to travel with the team. In an interview following the game, Fuller gave the pep talk to girls everywhere that you can truly do anything you put your mind to, as her mask slipped off revealing a huge smile.

Callie Brownson

Callie Brownson took over on Sunday as the Cleveland Brown’s interim Tight End’s coach for Drew Petzing while he celebrated the birth of his first child. Brownson is the current Chief of Staff for the Browns, and played football for seven years in the Women’s Football Alliance, as a safety and running back for the D.C. Divas. Hired this season by Kevin Stefanski, “She’s someone that has worked on the offensive side of the ball, worked on special teams, has a great knowledge of the game and I want to let her expand that knowledge and develop her as a head coach.”

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the naysayers of these accomplishments. Of course after the Vanderbilt game and Sarah Fuller’s courage, the haters took to Twitter to discredit the accomplishment saying that it was a publicity stunt to try and save the coach. Guess what? It doesn’t matter. Representation matters. Telling young girls that they can do anything and then not being able to “see” others that look like them, makes it more difficult to envision. Of course there are the courageous girls that go first – I’ve just laid out a few of them. The more and more “firsts” that happen in male-dominated sports, the more possibilities girls see for themselves.

-Mrs. BeefLoaf

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