The field of sports has produced strong and inspirational women since the beginning of their participation in it. In today’s world, women are encouraged to participate and let their talents shine through. Women have come a long way in the field of sports. However, the road to the top of the hill was never easy. They have broken down barriers, shut down critics. Women have fought many injustices to make the field of sports an example of equality.
Here is the list of five bold and beautiful women to have graced the history of sports.
1. Billie Jean King
She was America’s No.1 tennis player in the year 1966. In addition, she was the captain of the United States federation cup for three years. Billie Jean King has always been a highlighted figure for her contribution in the sports field as well as her activism. She was often criticised by the patriarchal sports society. This was because of her highly opinioned behaviour.She has been considered one of the most influential sportswomen because of her fight for equal pay for both men and women and the legendary Battle of the Sexes. This was played between the 29-year-old Billie Jean King and the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs in 1973. She was also an advocate for gay’s rights at a time when people refused to acknowledge the injustices the community faced in society. However, Billie Jean King believed in her natural self. Moreover, she presented herself the way she wanted to.
2. Nadia Comăneci
A series of wins followed this talented Romanian gymnast throughout her entire career. Nadia Comăneci was also the first individual to ever be awarded a 10.0 at the Olympic Games.It is a record that still stands today. One of the initial participants in the field of gymnastics, she has popularised the game for both men and women alike. In spite of being the youngest participant, she won the Romanian Nationals in the year 1970. Comăneci has managed to win 23 gold medals in her entire career. She possesses a glamorous, lean and statuesque body. As a matter of fact, she continues to maintain it even at the age of 56. Her body has great flexibility. This has been pretty helpful for her career.
3. Danica Patrick
Racing has always been a male-dominated field but breaking these prejudices is Danica Patrick. This American born beauty spends part-time kicking ass on the race course and the other half modelling. She is one of the most successful women in the sport of open-wheel racing. She highly prioritises Health and fitness and voices it out through her endorsements and advertisement campaigns. Being one of the few women participating in this field, she received a series of ‘firsts’ for her excellent skills and contribution. The 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, 2005 IndyCar Series season Rookie of the Year, IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver 2005–2010, 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver being some of her famous achievements.
4. Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and actress. She was the first woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Rousey was claimed as the highest paid male or female UFC fighter in 2015. This is an achievement considering the payment disparities that exist in sports between men and women. People know her characters in some of the most famous sequels such as Expendables 3 (2014) and Furious 7(2015). She also landed a guest role in the television series Entourage (2015).
5. Serena Williams
No list concerning female athletes is complete without Serene Williams. Williams was ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on eight separate occasions spread over a span of 15 years and later became the world No. 1 in the year 2002. She and her sister Venus Williams had an unbeatable partnership. She has made a remarkable contribution in entertainment and fashion. Often dressed in colourful outfits, she is a vision on the court. She was also the brand ambassador of Puma and Nike, the top players in the sports fashion industry. In 2015, she also broke records of being the only black female athlete to have posed on her own will for the cover of Vogue magazine. An overall achiever, this talented tennis player continues to smash records and is currently has a ranking of 22.