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Celebrating Women in Sports History

March is Women’s History Month and on March 8th, we celebrated International Women’s Day.  Women have played integral roles and left their marks in various arenas.  The field of sports is a major arena where women shine brightly.  When filling out my profile for a social media account, the question was asked “Favorite athletes?”  “FloJo” ~ Florence Griffith Joyner (1959 – 1998) was at the top of my list.  This list shares information and facts about the history of women in sports, beginning with my favorite female athlete.

#1 Flo Jo was Flashy and Fast! She Was Also Very Graceful and Gracious.

I remember the first time seeing Flo Jo compete in the Olympics track and field competition.  If there was an Olympic medal for being a fashionista, she would have won! She was a stunning beauty and the sports outfits she wore made her look like she had her own fashion line.  It was amazing just to look at her before the race!  But when you saw her running … she was breathtaking! 

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Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win  

#2 Elaine Thompson ~ Following in Flo Jo’s Footsteps

Good to see the results of Flo Jo's example.

#3 Women Played Football (Kick Ball) in Ancient China

Interesting Observation:  Found several sites that published a timeline of women in sports, but none made mention of female gladiators. 

#4 Female Gladiators Fought Just Like Male Gladiators

Is that relief cool or what?  The female gladiators are even named.

#5 Cricket Fans Will Love This Fun Fact!

England, India, and Australia all have Women's National Cricket Teams.  Do you think America will ever get in the loop on this sport?

#6 Female Boxers Throw Solid Punches

Of course, I love Laila Ali, daughter of “The Greatest”, Muhammad Ali.  But I have to show my admiration and respect for Mary Kom, a female boxer representing India.  Mary Kom's official Twitter account has 1.3 million followers. Clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks this lady is awesome!

#7 Women Have Come a Long Way and Still Have a Long Way To Go!

In the case of women in sports, history shows that from the 6th century BCE to today in 2019, women are still struggling for equality.


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