Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NFL Lockout Opens Door for Women

NflIt looks like I got back to the US just in time to catch up on some of my favorite things: football and gender segregation in the labor market. My usual source for all things NFL was with me out of the country, and so I missed news about the lockout of NFL officials and the decision of the league to go with replacement refs. One of those replacements is a woman, Shannon Eastin, who will serve as a line judge in the upcoming Packers-Chargers exhibition game this Thursday. This will be the first time a woman has officiated a professional football game. Way to break the turf ceiling! For a good source on the lockout, replacements, and Eastin, see the SBNation blog on the subject, here.



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This is excellent news! I hope she is able to maintain the position after the dispute is resolved. While there can be a lot of debate surrounding whether a female should be a player on the field (which has occurred on occasion at the high school and collegiate level), there should be no question that a female is capable of functioning in any and every other capacity relative to professional football.

Posted by: Kendall Isaac | Aug 10, 2012 9:18:31 AM

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