A little girl named Clara has gone viral for her admiration of a grown woman doing her job. Romper reports that Clara's dad, Nathan, snapped this photo on Saturday or his kid looking completely enamored with a female referee at a soccer game, and it's adorable:
Female referees are a rarity. The NFL didn't even hire its first woman referee until 2015, according to ESPN. The NBA has only three, and the MLB and NHL has just one each.
Many people responding to the photo are applauding how representation can inspire future generations:
Thank you for sharing ... representation is truly important!— Ahmed_1980 (@Nafarat100100) October 15, 2017
I was at a Nuneaton match v Telford in Football Conference that was the first ever 'senior' game where all officials were women. 15 yrs ago?— Mike Claridge (@mjclaridge) October 15, 2017
Including female refs who have been working their way up for years:
Seems like a great opportunity to get more women who love sports on the field: