Women are the targets or sexism or disrespect for centuries, be it work or home, the way women dress, the way they work, the way they walk or have certain priorities, everything from head to toe is scrutinized by the world. These days, we hear a lot of chatter on social media about how great the revolution is and how the world has accepted that women ARE capable of doing practically everything a man does. But the recognition part still needs to become mainstream to remove gender inequality and disrespect. We have countless amazing women in the world fighting for what they believe in and that is what gives every women hope. These women create a path for women across the globe to become stronger, fierce and headstrong about their opinions.
Women in sports was considered a rumor because the common misconception was, “women aren’t actually interested in sports”. We see that now all major and famous sports have fantastic women winning titles and championships and prove that they are just as strong as men. Sometimes, even more than men!
Despite all challenges, women are rising up and they are making a name for themselves while creating sports history. They know to be determined and how to reach their goal. Several women who don’t fit into obsolete ideals of femininity and masculinity will struggle for recognition and battle unfair criticism and cruelty. Still, others will be praised for their physical beauty but never truly respected for the effort and number of training hours they’ve put into their sport and the accomplishments that result from that work.
Today on International Women’s Day, RDX Sports is honoring such women. These women have set phenomenal examples of strength, endurance, and charm, all in one. Here is a list of RDX Sport’s favorite women!
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino
She is one of the most dominant fighters in UFC, she has proven her worth more than once and has knocked out 15 out of 18 opponents and she is famous for her ground and pound technique among others. This Brazilian-American MMA artist is the current Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. Not only does she fights well, but she also teaches!
- Lindsey Vonn
31-year-old Lindsey is one of the most accomplished skiers in the world. She just won her 76th World Cup race in February which itself is a record. She also has the more Super G and downhill victories than any female skier in history. Her quote, “There’s always something higher, so why would I stop” is an inspiration to women in all sports fields.
- Hope Solo
She is the best goalkeeper US women’s National Team ever had. She took her high school team to a state championship by scoring 109 goals and then switched to being a goalkeeper. She has two Olympic Gold medals and in 2015, allowed just three goals during the USA’s march to victory in FIFA women’s world cup. She is currently playing for Seattle Reign FC. She is regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers in the world. Best part: She is a best-selling author as well.
- Amanda Nunes
She is UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion and ranks number 3 on the UFC roster. She is considered to be brutal and one of the best-rounded fighter UFC has. She has a long way to go and with the way she fights, critics say that she is the next number 1.
- Yessica Bop
Argentine is proud to have a boxer as talented as her. She is a former WBA and WBO female light flyweight champion as well as a former WBO female flyweight champion. Nicknamed “Tuti,” Bopp stands 5’0″ tall and has a professional record of 27-1. Bopp is the top ranked female light flyweight fighter in the world.
- Maya Moore
26 year Old Maya is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She won Chinese league title every year from 2013 to 2015. She is as smart as it gets, she graduated her high school with a 4.0 GPA. She is only the second player to win the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award and, she was named in Forbes 30 under 30: The Sports world’s Brightest Young Stars for 2015.
- Ronda Rousey
Ronda is considered to be the most dominant woman on the planet. She paved way for countless women fighters in the world. Besides being a kick-ass MMA fighter, she is an excellent actress and has starred in many movies and TV series. Former UFC women’s Bantamweight champion has a net worth of 12 Million and is one of the strongest fighters this world has ever seen. She says: “Any ring I step into is MINE”
- Katie Ledecky
She is considered to be the best swimmer in the world. She is the first swimmer to win the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meter freestyles in a major competition. Apart from being the best swimmer the world has ever seen, she is enrolled in Stanford!
“I just like to swim. Fast. I don’t think about the distance”
- Eva Wahlstrom
She is Finland’s most successful boxer. She has created an example of her career to every female boxer in the world by becoming the world’s current WBC women’s super-featherweight champion and a former European women’s super-featherweight champion. She is also acting in a Finnish television show.
- Serena Williams
She has been reigning tennis championships for almost 20 years. She started in 1998 and since then, when we hear the name tennis, we think about her. She has won 21 grand slam singles titles and 13 doubles titles. She is still the world’s number 1 ranked player.
You are strong and you are capable of winning this world. Wherever you are, whatever sports you are into, you’re the best at what you do. No one has the ability to turn you down. If you believe in yourself, you can bend the world to your will. Be inspired by all the amazing women in the world and make a name for yourself. Become part of history.
Happy Women’s Day!