Women’s History Month: Celebrating Inspirational Female Athletes
Since March is Women’s History Month, we’ve decided to curate a list of some of our favorite inspirational female athletes. A lot of progress has been made in society in terms of women’s rights and respecting women as a whole (we still have a long ways to go, however). There are so many successful and inspiring female athletes -- however, we’ve narrowed it down to three amazing women. Let’s celebrate and honor a few of the strongest, most courageous female athletes of all time!
Source: Olympic (Getty Images)
1. Gabby Douglas
“My message is to never quit, never give up. When you have a little trouble here and there, just keep fighting. In the end, it will pay off.” - Gabby Douglas
“I had to face a lot coming through this journey, a lot of sacrifices, difficulties, challenges, and injuries.” - Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas is all about hard work and never giving up. Douglas is the first black woman to win an individual gold medal in gymnastics and she has inspired and given hope to minority women everywhere ever since. Unfortunately, Douglas experienced a lot of racism from the public and endless comments about her hair -- but she never wavered and continued to wear her hair however she wanted, including during her floor routines, despite peoples’ incessant feedback. Despite all of that, Douglas persevered with class and strength. She has proven that it really is possible to achieve what you want to so long as you are brave, unashamedly yourself and so long as you don’t give up even when certain situations can be difficult. Douglas also emphasises the importance of staying strong and trying your absolute best -- that’s all you can do when it comes to every aspect of life.
Source: The Times of Israel (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
2. Aly Raisman
“Wear whatever makes you feel happy and confident. Don't ever let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn't dress. We are all entitled to wear what we want. Females do not have to dress modestly to be respected. Be proud of your body. It's never about the number on the scale it's about the way you feel. You are all unique and beautiful in your own way. No one is perfect … and no matter who you are, male or female, we all have those days of insecurity. We are all human. Everyone's story is important. Everyone’s. You never know what someone is going through. Thank you all for continuing to inspire me each and every day.” - Aly Raisman
“It wasn't a first place finish. But it was my best, and that's what mattered … it's not whether you win the competition that's important … people will always remember you for the kind of person you are, not just what you do on the floor.” - Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman is a retired two-time Olympic gymnast who flipped (pun intended) into the public eye back in 2012. Since then, Raisman has proven herself to be strong, brave and inspiring in every sense of the word and in every aspect of her life. While Raisman is obviously an extraordinary athlete, she revealed the true extent of her courage and strength when she was one of the several sexual abuse victims of Larry Nassar. She in a sense led the crusade that ultimately punished Nassar for his deplorable actions while he was supposed to be the gymnasts’ trusted doctor. She has been extremely outspoken (as she should be) about the situation as well as a true inspiration and a warrior.
Not only did Raisman step up to the plate and face Nassar in court with her incredibly raw impact statement, but she also filed a lawsuit against the USA Gymnastics as their priority seemed to focus on protecting Nassar instead of the victims. Raisman is tenacious, genuine and herself -- she continues to impress women around the world with her perseverance. She’s an amazing example of utilizing your voice, speaking your truth and never giving up -- no matter what you face in life.
Outside of her athletic career, Raisman is consistently sharing her wisdom and never holds back when it comes to her opinions. She has expressed her feministic values and has fought against body shaming, stressing the importance of being proud of your body. Raisman has also stated that women should be able to wear whatever they want to, whether it be modest or more risque, and those women should be respected equally.
Source: Guinness World Records
3. Simone Biles
“A successful competition for me is always going out there and putting 100 percent into whatever I'm doing.” - Simone Biles
“I was missing out on public school and going to the football games, prom or homecomings. But I've [also] been to three World Championships … so I think it's a win-win.” - Simone Biles
If you haven’t heard of Simone Biles, where have you been? Biles ultimately shot to fame in 2012 along with Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman -- and she has inspired women of all ages around the world with her incredibly impressive work ethic. If you’re ever feeling a lack of motivation, all you need to do is observe Biles’ strong work ethic in order to remotivate you! Biles has a grand total of 30 World Championship and Olympic medals and it’s evident why as soon as you watch a video of her effortlessly twisting and flipping through the air. Biles refuses to give up and that’s how all of us should be. She is passionate, genuinely herself, hard-working and crazy talented. Biles doesn’t simply do her floor routines -- she incorporates some extra oomph and puts her absolute all into the routine in order to rack up the most points.
Her commitment and passion for gymnastics was evident from day one -- and everyone noticed it. Furthermore, Biles’ life wasn’t always easy. Her mother struggled with substance abuse issues, resulting in Biles spending a great deal of her childhood in the foster care system before being adopted by her grandparents. She’s the first African-American to be a world champion and she continues to inspire everyone everywhere. Biles proves that as long as you have a passion for what you do combined with dedication and immense effort, you can beat the odds despite everything you’ve gone through in the past -- and you can and will be unstoppable.