Groundbreaking Career Like a Walk on the Moon

At age 11, Lesley Visser had something important to tell mom. Her career choice; sportswriter. Okaaaaaay.

“That was like saying I wanted to go to the moon,” Visser said. “The job didn’t exist. (Mom) said, ‘That’s great. Sometimes you have to cross when it says don’t walk.’ ”

Visser took mom’s advice. She crossed when it said don’t walk, and kept on crossing. Boundaries and barriers. She wasn’t the country’s first female sportswriter when The Boston Globe hired her as a 21-year-old in 1974, but her presence in the male-dominated industry certainly turned heads.