21 May Fighting for Female Athletes
The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team from the 90s was a spectacle to remember.
As a young girl, I was in awe of Mia Hamm. She bolted by defenders, flashed her electric moves, and bombed upper 90 shots. I was captivated by the tenacious woman on the TV screen, who propelled me to be a total go getter as a female athlete.
Women’s sports have come a long way, and I believe the U.S. soccer team with legends like Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Michelle Akers (how can you forget her epic hair?!) and Tiffeny Milbrett started women’s sports. They set the tone for the women’s game to reach the world stage and garner the respect of fans across the globe. They inspired girls to seriously pursue sports, follow their dreams, and play at a high level.
I’m thankful for these women. I’m thankful for their fight, their grittiness, their passion. Female athletes have come a long way, and we need to continue to protect everything these women have fought so hard for in the past few decades. When female athletes stay in sport, they learn discipline, competitiveness, goal setting, team work, leadership and so much more.
I recently interviewed track world champion, Cynthia Monteleone, who is also fighting for female sports. In this episode, she shares what she is doing to empower female athletes and ensure female sports continue to move forward.