The Detroit Lions chairman and majority owner isn’t burly, a former player, young or a man: She’s 91-year-old Martha Firestone Ford, and she’s here to win.

Ford took over the job when her husband and former team owner William Clay Ford died in 2014, and she immediately shook things up by firing team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew, signaling a new era for the often beleaguered team.

The tiny, sunglasses-adorned woman with a big net worth (estimated at $1.4 billion) has chosen to be a hands-on owner of the team her husband acquired in 1963. She’s reached out to fans, attended training sessions and played an active role with team staffing.

Ford is truly a #GirlBoss who isn’t settling for the mediocrity that her husband allowed during his tenure as owner. The team, which went to 10 playoff games and won one under 50 years of Bill Sr., had winning records in the 2014 and 2016 seasons and made two playoff appearances in those years.

#Lions president Rod Wood, owner Martha Firestone Ford and GM Bob Quinn.

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Along with her newly-cemented NFL team ownership status, Ford is basically American industry royalty. Her grandfather founded Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and was friends with her husband’s grandfather, Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford.

Not only has Ford made sure the men on the team are in a better position, but she also made room for more women in the organization by elevating her three daughters to equal footing as Lions vice chairmen. Ford is also only one of two women in the NFL who can claim ownership of a team.

She is continuing to illustrate that women don’t have to stand on the sidelines when they are on the literal sidelines, and that’s why she’s our #WCW.

posted on 02/22/2017 by Anika Reed
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