A Woman Made History Announcing Monday Night Football, So of Course There Were Sexist Reactions Online


Monday Night Football announcers
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It's hard to believe, but it took until 2017 for a woman to announce a Monday Night Football game. Beth Mowins, a broadcaster best known until now for calling college football games, announced during Monday nights' Chargers-Broncos game. It was the first time in 30 years a woman called play-by-play for an NFL game, and the first time a woman did so during ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast. And though lots of fans expressed their support, because the Internet is still the Internet, she was also met with a ton of sexist backlash.

Here's a short clip of her calling the game:

Mowins even had groundbreaking women in the industry congratulate her in an ad from Secret and the NFL.

But despite her historic moment, some viewers just couldn't get it through their minds that a woman—gasp!—was talking to them about sports. People criticized her voice, how long she spoke, and sometimes, just the fact that she is a woman daring to talk football.

Hopefully, Mowins ignores tweets like these and instead focuses on ones like these, which show an outpouring of support from both men and women who thought it was about time a woman took the mic during a game like this.

And even before the game started, she was inspiring the next generation of sportscasters. That's the spirit we all could use.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.