The National Football League made huge strides in equaling the playing field when Sarah Thomas became the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl match on Sunday, 7 February 2021.
Millions of viewers tuned in to watch the historic feat as Tampa Bay Buccaneers were crowned NFL champions, defeating Kansas City Chiefs.
On the day, Thomas was joined by two other women on the field with Lori Locust, a defensive line assistant, and Maral Javadifar, an assistant strength and conditioning coach, both on the staff of Buccaneers’ Coach Bruce Arians.
In 2015, Thomas became the first woman to referee full-time in the NFL and first officiated a playoff game in 2019.
The ground-breaking moment caused a stir on social media as many honoured the 47-year-old.
Sarah Thomas crushing barriers by being the first female referee in the Super Bowl! She’s inspiring our students to dream big!
— Eric Crespo (@EricCrespoEDU) February 6, 2021
When I look around the sidelines at games, I’m often only one of a handful of women.
Sarah Thomas continues to remind me there’s ALWAYS a place for me there.
Watching her make history from my own spot at the game today will be special. Thank you, Sarah. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tZsFyYGZxs
— AJ Curry (@AJ_Curry) February 7, 2021
“Knowing the impact that I’m having on not just my daughter, but young girls everywhere…is remarkable and I’m truly honored and humbled to be a part of this year’s Super Bowl crew.”
— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) February 6, 2021
As a brand that focuses on female empowerment we just wanted to say: CONGRATS TO SARAH THOMAS 👏
Sarah Thomas is making HERstory as the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl game 🏈💖 pic.twitter.com/ZSshXQK4aS
— GLAMNETIC (@glamnetic) February 7, 2021
Sarah Thomas, Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar shattering the glass three times over! More power to you https://t.co/dK6xOewTEc
— Zoobie Singh (@zoobiesingh) February 8, 2021
Photo 1 Caption: The National Football League made huge strides in equaling the playing field when Sarah Thomas became the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl match on Sunday, 7 February 2021. Photo: Sports Center (Twitter)