You can’t help but to be inspired while watching the Olympics. The stories are compelling, the will power, the training and sacrifices are unbelievable. But is it me or did we also witness the feminization of sports, leadership and well the Olympics? Other than the men’s swim team and the men’s basketball team can you name 5 other men who won gold? I’ll wait….Actually I won’t.
Were the female sports highlighted and broadcasted more than the men or did the men not bring in the gold like the ladies? Some of the competitions were Olympic firsts, like female boxing. The ladies just seem to be everywhere. There aren’t official stats on this but it seemed like NBC aired more of the women’s sports like badminton, volleyball, floor exercises, ping pong, swimming, and synchronized swimming and on and on.
Hey no complaints here, because those ladies earned it and frankly, there are worst things to look at than athletic females competing and getting all sweaty. Let’s move on. In the midst of all this competition, sandwiched between Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt’s historical efforts, the girls killed it. In fact of the 46 US gold medals, 29 were won by female athletes.
Check these sisters out.
- Gabby Douglass- 1st African American to win the women’s all-around gymnastics gold
- USA Women’s Basketball Team – Won gold for the 5th straight Olympics and a 40 game win streak
- Allyson Flex – Won 3 Olympic gold medals in track and field, first time since Florence Griffith-Joyner
- USA Women’s 4 x 100 Relay Team – Won gold while breaking Olympic and World Records
- Melissa Missy Franklin – 17 year old winner of 4 gold medals in women’s swimming
- Claressa Shields – Won gold in the Olympic debut of women’s boxing
Thank you Title IX and VII. From a (HR) business, real world standpoint you can add Yahoo’s! new CEO, Marissa Mayer and the 1st female referee in NFL history, Shannon Eastin, to the list of recent women history makers (ballers). We’ve got ourselves a full-fledge female revolution people.
Go ahead ladies, get it done. Historically when women break barriers they break barriers for all of us, especially minorities. Generations of kids (boys and girls) will be inspired by what they have accomplished.
Don’t worry guys you still make more money, for now.