The Referee Would Like You to Watch the Game, Not Her
Bibiana Steinhaus, the first woman to referee a soccer match in a top European league, acknowledges her pioneering status but does not embrace it.
An excellent New York Times feature on Bibiana Steinhaus, the first woman to officiate a men’s match in a top European league:
But before that first Bundesliga game in Berlin, she said, she felt a different sort of weight. She found herself wanting to perform well to pay back the trust of the people who had put her in that position. And she felt suddenly, strongly, that she had to do her job well for the sake of all the women around the world who might come after her.