Did you know it’s National Women’s History Month?
I’m pretty sure national donut day got more attention and that bums me out, but is delectably explainable.
People often lament that there aren’t enough strong female role models. I don’t think that’s true. They likely aren’t getting as much attention, the same PR opportunities and of course if they pose shirtless it’s a national crisis compared to the annual firefighter calendar.
But that’s changing.
Now we’re promoting #strongnotskinny -the love your body message is growing and more women than men are now finishing races. We’re learning to love our strength and find confidence in testing our limits.
I’d love to hear about the women who inspire you. But in case you’re searching for one…I’d like to share a few of mine. As I started creating this list, I realized it could drag on for days, so I had to narrow it down!
I always channeled what I felt emotionally into skiing – my insecurities, my anger, my disappointment. Skiing was always my outlet, and it worked.She started skiing at the age of three and has seemingly never stopped. But her story isn’t about the golds, the repeated Olympics or even that covergirl smile. Her story is about getting back up every time she fell, especially when many of those falls included broken bones.
Listen to her interview on being strong, not skinny >>
I’ve always approached my career and my life, you know, one day at a time, as if this was the last day that I’m going, because you never know as an athlete and as a dancer. You never know what can happen today, tomorrow.Can you believe in 2017 we’re still seeing new firsts for women? Misty is the first African-American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre. What’s most amazing is not just her story, but her commitment to being a role model.
Read her eye opening interview with Obama >>
As athletes, we have ups and downs. Unfortunately, you can’t pick the days they come on.A bronze medal winner in the 2004 Olympics and record holder in many distances, Kastor could have hung up her shoes after a stress fracture. Instead, she focused on smart recovery and then blasted a new Half Marathon masters record.
Read more about her choices in running and happiness >>
I got to bed every night thinking about all the ways that I can succeed.We blame our parents for lots of our emotional issues, but they’re often the source of our strength too. Ronda’s mother, a 7th degree black belt and 1984 World Judo Champion, introduced her to Judo which she says helped to boost her confidence. That ultimate led to a Judo bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, making her the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s Judo. She’s had high’s and low’s in MMA since then, but her honesty and determination remain inspiring.
Read more about her in Rolling Stone >>
Isn’t life about determining your own finish line? The journey has always been about reaching your own other shore, no matter what it is, and the dream continues.Every time you think it’s too late to achieve your goals, think of Diana. Reading her book last year was a reminder to me that when you have a vision it may take time, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. After multiple failed attempts, she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage in 53-hours.
Read more about her journey and mental toughness >>
You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you take that first step and just go for it.I envision my legs simply flying off my body moving at her 400m speeds, which is part of what makes watching her fluid, intense and yet joyful running so much fun. Natasha has taken the track my storm showing up in full glam and rocking a style that she says helps her perform better because she feels good. It’s a great reminder that you can wear your make up, fix your hair or NOT do any of that, it’s up to you, don’t let anyone define you.
Great interview on style and changing with age >>
For me, it’s all about balance, figuring out how much you can handle…I’ve learned a lot about time management, how to use my time efficiently, [whether] it’s practicing, studying or getting stuff done. Alison Lee is a Korean American born and raised in Southern California. She was a star golfer even as a junior player, starting the game when she was 6 years old. Now attending Standford and playing professional golf full time, she’s showing us that we can do it all, but it means making choices like less time on social media.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.After fighting polio as a child and being told she would never walk again, Wilma proved to us all that you shouldn’t listen to everything you’re told. She became the first American woman to win three Olympic gold medals in track and field during the 1960 summer Olympics.
Learn more about Wilma’s journey >>
That wall is your mind playing tricks on you. You just need to say, ‘One more step, I can do this. I have more in me.’ You’ll be so proud of yourself once you push yourself past your threshold.When a three-time Olympic gold medalist loses in a stunning defeat, she takes a moment to asses the situation and then flashes her winning smile as expresses true gratitude for winning bronze. Then she heads home and starts planning for how to do it again because she doesn’t believe she’s too old and she’s committed to all the cross training, PT and life balance it takes to make it happen.
Listen to her mindset tips on Rich Roll >>
It does mean a lot to be the first American girl, but more girls should start joining boys’ team. The attention should not just be on one girl; more girls should join boys’ teams so it is a tradition and it won’t be so special.Have you seen the TV show Pitch, about the first female pro ball player? It must have been modeled after this courageous woman, who at 13 rocked a 70MPH fastball helping her become the first girl to be part of a winning team at the Little League World Series in August 2014. But she’s not just a baseball player, she’s a multi sport athlete whose had to work hard to not be discounted for being a girl.
And could there be a list without mentioning Serena and Venus Williams? Katherine Switzer? Gabby Reece? Tatyana McFadden? Danica Patrick? Missy Franklin?
Seriously, I could keep this post going on and on, but time dictates I step away from the computer to go chase my own dreams.
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