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Her Name is Sarah

A local mom submitted an opinion piece to the “Oklahoma Bargain Journal” in December entitled, “WHY HER?”

The gist of the opinion was that Sarah Fuller, the Vanderbilt kicker, did not deserve the recognition she received for being the first woman in college football history to play in a Power 5 game.

The author was upset that her son had to wrestle a girl and was put in that position to lose, although admitting she knew girls would be wrestling before she allowed her son to participate.

The author dismissively referred to Sarah Fuller as simply “her” or “that soccer player,” concluding that it is “psychologically unfair” to boys. The author was very upset to hear that Sarah Fuller spoke up in the locker room to ignite her team at halftime when she clearly should have just kept silent.

She should have just kept silent.

The author seemed so insulted that the SEC would steal the honor from a “real” football player when it named Sarah Fuller the SEC Player of the Week, concluding that all Sarah Fuller really deserved was to become the simple answer to a Jeopardy question.

Just like I watched Sarah Fuller last Fall, I watched the Super Bowl with Sarah Thomas (the first woman to referee a Super Bowl) as well as Captain Sarah Kociubal (the B2 instructor and lead pilot for the Super Bowl flyover who has flown more than 90 combat missions).

I also watched Jennifer King (the first black female assistant coach) and Lori Locust (Tamp Bay’s defensive line assistant coach).

We recently saw Becky Hammons (first coach in NBA history, Alyssa Nakken (the first female coach on a major league baseball staff) and the Red Sox named Bianca Smith as a Minor League coach.

When my son was in middle school, his football team was in desperate need of a public address announcer for their games. I signed up. My son said, “Mom, girls can’t do that.” In retrospect, I suspect he regrets that comment, because, well, I did do it and I was pretty good at it.

I suspect the families of these women mentioned here told their daughters they could be whatever they wanted to be.

When we try to limit the spirit and actions of our daughters anywhere, we limit the spirit and actions of our daughters everywhere.

Thankfully, the people making these decisions to promote women in positions that have traditionally belonged to only men probably do not read the Oklahoma Bargain Journal.

Thankfully, when others said, “Don’t let them vote”, or “Don’t let them run marathons”, other people didn’t listen.

After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” – Ann Richards

So, WHY HER?

Her name is Sarah. That’s why.

Lorrie Hellcat Bamford (her legal middle name) is a motivational keynote speaker, podcaster, and coach for WTH, LLC, specializing in empowering girls and women, especially in education. She can be reached at lorrie@whatthehellcat.com. You may find more information at www.whatthehellcat.com.



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