Women's Sports Firsts

On the heels of the NFL naming its first female coach, this summer has been a milestone season for women breaking the glass ceiling in professional sports.

We're celebrating our MAKERS' firsts in women's sports.

Maria PepeMaria Pepe became the first girl to play in Little League baseball. In 1972, she pitched three Little League games for a team in Hoboken, N.J. Pepe played an important role in introducing Little League to girls.

Violet PalmerIn 1997, Violet Palmer made history when she became the first woman to officiate in the NBA, as well as the first female official in any major U.S. professional sport.

Danica PatrickDanica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. In 2005, she became the only woman to ever win in the IndyCar series, and to hold the highest finish by a woman (3rd place) at the Indianapolis 500.

Marlen EsparzaMarlen Esparza made history in 2012 when she became the first woman to qualify for the Olympics in the first year that women's boxing was made an official event. 

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland made history on June 30, 2015 when she was named the first African-American female principal dance in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history.

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