Happy International Women’s Day
Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate the strong, powerful, fearless women in your life. This is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
This is a day when we should recognize the progress that has been made with Women’s Sports. Title IX which was passed in 1972 has brought women “more opportunities to compete at elite levels through competitions like the Olympics, World Championships and professional leagues.” (Titleix.info). Title IX is critical in continuing to provide equal opportunities for women in sports at the collegiate level through providing scholarship money, money for recruiting, and to ensure that women and men have equal opportunities for team sports. Title IX is the reason that I was able to be on a Varsity Sports Team when I was at Colby because The Varsity Women’s Crew Team was added on to ensure that sports were equal for men and women. There are still changes that need to be made to continue to bring about quality and fairness in sport for women but we have come a long way.
Here are some of the strong women in sport who are role models for me and many other women:
Gwen Jorgensen is a Professional Triathlete. She is the 2016 Olympic Champion in ITU Olympic Distance Triathlon. She was a member of the track & field, cross country and swimming teams at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having access to sports in college is one of the reasons that athletes like Gwen Jorgensen are able to have so much success as professional athletes.
Molly Huddle is American long-distance runner who competes in track and cross country running. This April she will be competing in her first ever Boston Marathon. Molly Huddle set the American record in the 10,000 meters at the 2016 Olympics, with a time of 30:13.17.
Shalane Flanagan is an American long-distance runner and was the bronze medal winner in the 10,000n meters at the 2008 Olympics. She was also the winner of the 2017 NYC Marathon which I’m sure if you were watching know how exciting the finish was!!!
Let’s continue to cheer on these strong women and the many other professional athletes and everyday female athletes who continue to inspire!
Who inspires you? Who are you celebrating on International Women’s Day?