In the current day and age, women have accomplished a lot. As a gender, they have determined themselves strong and capable, but there are still occurrences of women being pushed back. 

A recent story of a female referee being denied to work at a certain level of men's hockey has people wondering whether this is the reason there aren't more female referees.

Local hockey player and referee Jessica Dagg understands both sides of the situation.

"I have been playing hockey since was seven. I grew up playing competitive mostly, and then I started refereeing when I was thirteen so I have been doing it for eleven years. My first year, I was refereeing boys hockey and then after that, I got into doing the girls. There was so much girls hockey in Ontario where I am from so I was able to just do girls and have a pretty full schedule."

Dagg goes on to explain that reffing boys hockey can be more intimidating than women's, and that might be the reason for the lack of women in the field.

"I just find for some girls doing guys hockey, it is a little intimidating. When I first started I was only thirteen but I was one of the only girls and I wasn't sure why. As referee doing the girls hockey in Ontario, you just feel more comfortable with it. I am fine doing boys hockey because I have been doing it for so long. But I find that if a girl was to come and start right away with boys they may feel a little intimidated," continued Dagg.

Dagg goes on to say that she encourages anyone feeling intimidated by reffing men's hockey to stick with it. Dagg moved to Drumheller a little over a year ago, and does find a lack of women's hockey in the valley, but continues to want to push her reffing career forward.

"I am a Level 3 right now, which basically means that I can go pretty high. In Ontario, I was refereeing varsity and University level. In the future, if we move closer to Calgary, maybe I can start doing some stuff with the CWHL (Canadian Women's Hockey League) which is the league that most of the female Olympians play in the offseason. So like Marie-Philip Poulin and Hayley Wickenheiser all played there," concluded Dagg.

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