Demosphere Celebrates Women’s History Month
To celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth we asked several women on our team who their female sports heroes are. Their answers spanned across time to from iconic swimmer Gertrude Ederle to modern tennis hero Serena Williams.
Kris Baker, President: Gertrude Ederle
“In addition to earning several olympic medals and many U.S. and World swimming records, Ederle was the first woman to swim the English channel in 1926, beating the fastest man’s existing record by almost two hours.
Ederle’s accomplishments helped to dispel conventional wisdom about women being the “weaker sex”, symbolizing both strength and independence which paved the way for the many successful female athletes who would follow in her footsteps.”
Taylor Sadwick, Sales Associate: Serena Williams
“I played tennis for 6 years, mostly throughout middle and high school, and always looked up to her. At such a young age, she taught me that women can be strong and aggressive on the court. Her influence on young girls has been really powerful!”
Brittany Gropp, Sales Executive: Julie Foudy
“Julie Foudy has been an idol of mine for as long as I can remember. Her fierceness on the field and kindness off of the field have always stood out to me. Though it’s difficult to top her run as a star player and captain of the USWNT, I’d argue the work Julie has done since retiring is even more impactful. She served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy. She also uses her platform as a sports journalist to elevate female athletes every chance she gets.
Her podcast Laughter Permitted is also my personal favorite because it’s a phenomenal and hilarious way to learn more about other female trailblazers in sport. Most recently, Julie joined the ownership team of Angel City FC, a club that is absolutely changing the game when it comes to pro soccer thanks to their mission-driven approach!”
Heidi Snead, Director of Product: Billie Jean King
“Not only did King dominate the sport of Tennis by winning 39 Grand Slam championships in her career, she actively advocated for inclusion, equal pay, and diversity in sports throughout her life. Her efforts have emboldened future generations of women to make their mark in sports and in society as a whole.”