From baseball to sumo wrestling, meet some of the women challenging the sport status quo


These are banner times for women in sports. The last few weeks has seen a troop of female athletes making extraordinary strides particularly in historically male-dominated areas of sport. Here at Women’s Agenda, we’ve been charting some key victories occurring internationally, and have listed just a few below:

Alyssa Nakken, BASEBALL

Former softball star at Sacramento State, Alyssa Nakken, will become the first female full-time assistant coach in Major League Baseball history as a member of the San Francisco Giants coaching staff. As an assistant to head coach Gabe Kapler, Nakken, will “work to promote high performance along with a close-knit team atmosphere,” according to The Guardian.


The 29-year old has a master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco and was previously a softball standout at first base for Sacramento State. When she graduated in 2012, she was in the top 10 for the most home runs and runs scored ever in the team’s history.

Six years ago, she joined the San Francisco Giants’ as an intern in team operations, managing the players’ health and wellness programs. In her new role, which she will share with Mark Hallberg, head…

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