Shania Twain Celebrates Women At Super Bowl
Canadian superstar songstress Shania Twain this year celebrates the 26th anniversary of the release of her smash-hit “The Woman in Me” album, which sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Featuring smash hits like, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” and “Any Man of Mine”, the album emerged a powerful celebration of women and their place in society.
Interestingly enough, the last time the beloved songstress performed at the Super Bowl was in 2003, which also happened to be the last time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the coveted trophy. And upon her return to watch as down judge Sarah Thomas became the first woman ever to officiate a Super Bowl, the Buccaneers did it again.
Twain The Lucky Charm
While cheering on the game from the Las Vegas Raiders suite at Raymond James Stadium in Florida, Canada’s country music superstar witnessed a string of firsts for women as Maria Javadifar and Lori Locust went on to celebrate their first Super Bowl victories as coaches – another massive milestone for the NFL and women in sport.
In fact, some might say Twain could be the Buccaneer’s lucky talisman. She did after all co-headline the Super Bowl halftime show together with No Doubt and Sting back in 2003.
But Canada’s connection with the Super Bowl runs deeper even than Shania Twain. Sunday’s game also marked the very first time in the history of the Super Bowl a Canadian had headlined the halftime performance as a solo act as Ontario native The Weeknd took to the stage with a mighty display of fireworks, lights, and music.
Women In Football
This year’s Super Bowl will go down in history as a celebration of women making football history, with more women this year seen in on-field roles than ever before.
While few and far between, there have been pioneers paving the way for women in football – women who have stood their ground by making NFL and Super Bowl history. These remarkable women include:
- Jeannie Morris – in 1975 became the first woman to live-report from the Super Bowl.
- Amy Trask – in 1997 became the first woman to be appointed to the position of CEO in the NFL. Trask that year was named CEO of the Oakland Raiders.
- Kathryn Smith – in 2016 became the league’s first full-time female coach after being appointed special teams quality control coach of the Buffalo Bills.
- Jennifer King – in 2021 became the first Black woman to be appointed a full-time coach within the NFL.