Lynda Bekore: The Importance of Records
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
We Americans love records, and we love people who break them. Recently, race car driver Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a pole position in car-racing history. But judging from the hyperbolic media coverage, starting with the incessant drone of the phrase "first woman pole-sitter" and culminating in cheesecake shots of her tossing her hair as she removed her helmet, you would have thought she just broke the sound barrier, or at least landed her car on the moon. If only the news were that big.
Danica Patrick is unquestionably a top racer, and getting the number one pole spot in the Daytona 500 is an enormous honor and no small feat for any racer. So why does it matter that she's the first woman to do so? Must everything we do in America be qualified by which box we check on our census?
When we speak of "firsts," shouldn't we reserve those historic designations for breaking seemingly unassailable, unimaginable barriers? The first female 4-star general (Ann Dunwoo
Huffington Post article