Women are making inroads in the NFL
Women make up a large proportion of the nearly 150 million American football fans watching and cheering on their teams. Just as importantly, many women are making significant strides inside the NFL. In the 2021 NFL season, women made up nearly 39 percent of the NFL league office, 25 percent of teams’ senior administration, 3 percent of team CEOs and presidents, and 1.5 percent of team assistant coaches. There are more women working in the NFL today than ever before.
In addition to working in football, women coaches and staff members are slowly shifting the male-dominated industry’s culture in a healthier direction. They bring a different perspective that helps think differently and add value to the NFL.
There are several women who are highly influential in football. They have made significant in-roads toward defining the direction of America’s most popular sport and opening doors for those who dream to follow in their footsteps. Some of them include Martha Firestone Ford who is a revered owner, Amy Trask who is a Super Bowl executive, Sarah Thomas who is a full-time referee, Beth Mowins who is a nationwide play-by-play announcer and Charean Williams who is a national writer and Hall of Fame selector.
Learn more about these women and how women are changing the sport of football: