When March 1st rolled around, it signaled the official kickoff of Women’s History Month. The month-long celebration of women dates back to the 1980s and draws attention to the contributions women have made to the world both past and present. Within the past four weeks alone, there have been countless women who have made headlines for their ability to break boundaries and make power moves. Ahead, we’re rounding up a list of five women who are going down in HERstory this year for being the first to accomplish a major feat in industries spanning from politics to sports. Prepare to be inspired by these dynamic and talented ladies!
Azzi Fudd is a 5-foot-11 guard for the women’s basketball team at St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. and the No.1 prospect in the Class of 2021. Her achievements on and off the court earned her the title of Gatorade National Girls' Basketball Player of the Year, an award she was presented with on March 12. Fudd is the first sophomore to win the drink brand’s basketball award since its inception in 1985. This is just the first of many accolades Fudd has earned; she was the only sophomore on the USA Basketball team to snag a gold medal at the FIBA under-17 World Cup last Summer in Belarus. She is also in the running to become the first sophomore finalist for the Naismith award.
On March 14, NBC announced that Indian-Canadian YouTuber Lilly Singh will be hosting her own late night series titled Little Late With Lilly Singh on their network. The show, which is set to debut in September, will take the place of the Last Call With Carson Daly. Singh is making television history as she will be the first woman to hold down a late night TV slot since Joan Rivers’ The Late Show in the 1980s. Watch the comedian give a rundown on her new program during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
3. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers become the first NFL team with two female coaches, Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust.
With the recent hires of coaches Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team in the national football league to have two full-time female coaches on their roster. Maral Javadifar signed on to serve as an assistant strength and conditioning coach while Lori Locust will be taking on the role of the assistant defensive line coach. Javadifar and Locust will now also hold the title of the first female coaches in franchise history.
For the first time in history, an all-female crew will be navigating a spacewalk at the International Space Station on March 29. NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will conduct the walk; it will be McClain’s first mission in space and Koch’s first spaceflight. On the ground, McClain and Koch will have support from other women including Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, lead flight director, and lead flight controller Jackie Kagey. Talk about girl power, right?
Chiquita Evans was a fourth-round draft pick into the Warriors Gaming NBA 2K League, which is operated by the NBA's Golden State Warriors, making her the league’s first female pro. The former college and semi-pro basketball athlete was just one of two women selected to participate in the league’s online combine. Evans’ new position on the Warriors Gaming team is an important first step in leveling the playing field and increasing gender diversity for women in the esports industry.
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