Mak­ing ma­jor in­roads in sports world usu­ally dom­i­nated by men

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Jac­qui Oat­ley

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.

Jen­nifer Wel­ter

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.

Bib­iana Stein­haus

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.

Ni­cola Adams

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.

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