Women have been aiming for gender equality ever since I can remember. They demand equal pay and equal recognition, not only when it comes to our female athletes, but for women in general. Female participation and popularity in sports elevated perilously in the twentieth century despite it’s very long history, a history that is marked by inequality and discrimination as they were excluded from the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 because its founder, Pierre de Coubertin, felt their participation would be inappropriate. On the other side, it is also one filled with major accomplishment and important advances for the empowerment of women and girls. As we demand equality, it surely applies to sports! And as usual women were often perceived as being too weak for
sports and that was the reason they were excluded, but as we’re striving to break every boundary society ever built, women partially succeeded in breaking what Pierre de Coubertin started, by participating in every possible playable sport even weight lifting! So I can proudly say, the gender gap is slowly closing. Don’t believe me? Let me prove it to you:
Here’s a masterpiece of Tayla Harris’s gravity-defying kick that promises to inspire a new generation of female AFL players.
Alex Morgan, First best female footballer in the world:
And when it comes to Tennis, female tennis players are very well know, I can almost guarantee that everyone heard about Serena Williams who has been world No. 1 for 319 weeks and Maria Sharapova that has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks
We didn’t even give up on trying weight lifting, in case you’ve nevr heard about Christine Girard, here’s a brief summary;
She’s a Canadian weightlifter that competed in the 63 kg division. Girard was the first Canadian female to win a medal in weightlifting when she won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.
Ever heard about badminton? well, we play that too and Saina Nehwal is an Indian world no. 1 former that has won over twenty international titles, which include ten Superseries titles:
All the way back to Egypt, Nour El Sherbini, an Egyptian squash player that won the British Junior Open Under-13 category in 2009. On August 2, 2009, at 13. Nour later won the World Championship in 2016 and she’s ranked as No.1 in the world ranking now. Nour has made the headlines more than once, and the lady is not willing to stop impressing us anytime soon.
You think that’s all? The list of Egyptian Squash players dominating the world ranking is endless, another name on that list is Nadine Shahin.
An Egyptian squash player, born in June 14th 1997 (age 20) and has joined PSA in 2011. Her highest WR was 23rd in Apr 2017 and as I was lucky enough to be Nadine’s school mate back in middle-school, I had the pleasure to ask her few questions of how it all started she said: “My father played squash, that’s how it all started.” she continued “He used to win championships all the time and come home with trophies, I was so excited to become a champion like him and so he used to train me and my main coach Hesham El Attar taught me everything.” And when she was asked about her feelings right now and whether she’s satisfied she said: ” I feel like i’m living a dream and all my hard work payed off being only 20 years and top 30 in the world. But the dream is not over yet and I hope this year I will be top 15 and then on wards to world no.1″ she added: “It feels so amazing to achieve something and to be noticed”
We -women- never fail in anything, in fact we are always right! Those are some examples of how boundaries doesn’t stop us anymore. they fought before, and they’re gonna fight still to reach the highest they could. Sports doesn’t require a certain gender. It’s a game for all.