Making major inroads in sports world usually dominated by men
In 2007, Oatley became the first female football reporter to commentate on a game on Match of
the Day. She is now one of football’s most respected presenters.
Dame Heather Rabbatts
Until standing down this summer, Rabbatts was the only woman on the Football Association board and its first ethnic-minority director. There are now poised to be three women on the board.
Two years ago, Welter became the first female coach of a National Football League team when she joined the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern.
After being promoted to referee in the Bundesliga in May, Steinhaus took charge of her first German top-flight match in September, a 1-1 draw between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen.
At London 2012, Adams became the first female Olympic boxing champion, transforming perceptions of women in the sport. She retained her title in Rio last year.