9/15 – Week In Women: New Roles + New Mottos

9/15 – Week In Women:

New Roles + New Mottos

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Prior to this week, you may have heard of these names but for reasons unrelated to being the fierce entrepreneurs and leaders they are known for in their fields. From new roles to new mottos and remembering a legacy, this week we dive deeper into the women behind these headlines, to recognize their triumphs as a tribute to their greater characters.

Beth Mowins is the first woman in 30 years to call a play-by-play for the NFL

In case you missed it, during Monday Night Football’s Chargers-Broncos game, a female voice stood out among the predominately male commentary. Paired alongside Rex Ryan, Beth Mowins made her debut to the NFL network, having called college football games for the past 12 years at ESPN. Mowins told CNN Money that she was originally inspired by Phyllis George, a former reporter for The NFL Today, and former Miss America.

Beth Mowins. Photo Courtesy of Porter Binks

As a result, Mowins got an early start, calling her first football games on a Mr. Microphone that she received for Christmas one year. In 2005, Mowins began calling play-by-plays for ESPN, where she was recognized as the second woman in NCAA history to hold this position. Now, Mowins is focusing on her NFL career, with her next scheduled game for Week 3 between the Browns and the Colts. Existing as one of the few women in NFL’s play-by-play history, Mowins recognizes her responsibility and influence for women who are working toward sports broadcasting, and above all hopes to show her wider audience that calling these games means “having fun.”

Nina Garcia is named the new Editor in Chief of Elle Magazine
Nina Garcia. Photo Courtesy of Marie Claire

After 17 years, Nina Garcia is replacing the former Editor in Chief of Elle Magazine, Robbie Myers. As the former creative director of Marie Claire, “Project Runway” judge, author of four books, and social media personality, Garcia takes on this role, telling the NYTimes that she is, “Looking to amplify the DNA of the brand. It’s bold, it’s provocative, it’s inclusive, democratic, it’s innovative. I just want to amplify all those things we know about Elle.” With such a varied background, and as an innovator herself, Garcia steps up to this role with a profound experience under the Hearst name. She began her Hearst career in 2000, where she worked as the fashion director at Elle until 2008. At this time, she moved over to Marie Claire to work as fashion director until 2012.

Heidi Klum designs a fashion line to make “more women happy”
Heidi Klum. Photo Courtesy of Popsugar

In an effort to use fashion week to appeal to more women, Heidi Klum announced her collaboration with German discount grocery chain, Lidl, by embracing the fact this fashion line would be available in supermarkets.

Klum told The Irish Times, “I’m proud to have a range in the supermarket; I wanted to put it in everyone’s faces that we are in a supermarket — so I thought it would be fantastic to show us all having fun in a supermarket space.” Klum wants her new label, “Esmara by Heidi Klum,” to reach more women than the high-end, designer markets usually exclude, of which Klum says, “only four to five percent of women” can afford. The “Project Runway” host and designer, with 19 years in the fashion industry, says this line is created with the idea of being able to buy head-to-toe for under €70 (around $83), but above all Klum says the collaboration and fashion line was created to “make more women happy.”

Edith Windsor passes away, as we remember her legacy

As the headlines continue to mourn Edith Windsor’s passing this week, at 88-years-old, it’s important to realize why Windsor first made headlines, in her efforts and activism for gay rights. In 2009, two years after Thea Spyer and Edie Windsor married, Spyer passed away. The IRS demanded $363,000 to be paid by Spyer’s estate because the Defense of Marriage Act didn’t recognize their same-sex marriage. In order to fight for something bigger than their union, Windsor appealed, starting a lawsuit that alleged “unconstitutional discrimination” in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). 

Edith Windsor. Photo Courtesy of Equality Daily News

After years of fighting for the gay community, the lawsuit ultimately concluded in 2013, when the Supreme Court discredited the Defense of Marriage Act in 13 states and Washington. In response to the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling, Windsor told NBC News, “Children born today will grow up in a world without DOMA. And those same children who happen to be gay will be free to love and get married…with the same federal benefits, protections, and dignity as everyone else.”

Jillian Dara

Jillian grew up an island girl but converted to city style after living in Boston, London, Santiago, and now, NYC. She is a writer, editor and content creator with a desire to share stories in the lifestyle genre. With a particular focus on travel and profiles, she prides herself on sharing the most authentic story for those who aren’t able to share their own.

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