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This Olympic Athlete Is Sick Of Being Told She's 'Too Pretty To Wrestle'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.26.2016 | Women

Adeline Gray is a three-time world champion wrestler -- one who would like everyone to focus on her athletic accomplishments rather than her gender. ...

Feminine Muscularity: Reshaping The Cultural Understanding of Beauty

Alanah Joseph | Posted 03.21.2016 | Black Voices
Alanah Joseph

In a time when women continue fighting to be equal to men, why do we subscribe to beauty standards that make women appear demure? Why is it increasingly sexy to be thin and dainty?

The Women Who Plan To Climb Afghanistan's Top Peak Have An Even Higher Goal

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.02.2016 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- From a mountaintop some 7,200 feet above sea level, a group of female Afghan mountaineers huddle together for warmth, looking do...

18 Photos Of Badass Girl Athletes Who Know They Can Do Anything

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents

Photographer Christin Rose hopes her latest series will empower young girls through sports. Titled "She Plays, We Win," the project features fierce ph...

The Race I Didn't Finish...But Still Won

Audra Rundle | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Audra Rundle

I don't need a finisher's medal to feel like I accomplished something that day. I spent all day running through trails (my version of paradise), made quality connections with other runners and ran 20 miles with the love of my life. What the hell is there to be sorry about?

If Journalists Treated Male Athletes Like Female Athletes

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 11.04.2015 | Sports

Even after a gutsy performance or a record-breaking feat, great female athletes like Serena Williams get asked why they aren’t smiling more or wheth...

12-Year-Old Female Football Star On Why Girls Should Play Sports

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.21.2015 | Sports

A photo posted by Sam Gordon (@sam_gordon6) on Aug 14, 2014 at 7:45am PDT Football phenom Sam Gordon has been in the spotlight since she was 9 years ...

6 Ways To Be A Stronger Woman, According To Maria Sharapova

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women

Maria Sharapova is currently ranked the third best female tennis player in the world and is the world's wealthiest female athlete. She has multi-year ...

Here’s Why You Should Be Paying Attention To The WNBA

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices

WNBA players don’t get the respect they deserve -- and they're speaking up about it. Three players from the New York Liberty, Swin Cash, Tanisha Wr...

Billie Jean King Thinks Criticizing Female Athletes' Bodies Is 'Pathetic'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women

Billie Jean King is sick of hearing people bash female athletes' bodies. The tennis icon joined Zerlina Maxwell on HuffPost Live to discuss the recent...

WNBA Players On Why Girls Should Be Able To Play On Boys Teams

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 08.19.2015 | Sports

When New York Liberty veteran Swin Cash heard that the under-11 Charlottesville Cavs had been disqualified from their tournament for playing a girl, s...

The Importance of Retaining Girls in Sports

Edwin Moses | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Edwin Moses

By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. Social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role models can all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sports in their adolescent years.

5 Female Athletes On How They Learned To Love Their Bodies

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women

“I was teased for looking like a boy.” "I was taller than most of the boys when I was in elementary school." “I didn’t fill out tank tops the...

Adidas' New Teen Line Fills An Important Gap In The Industry For Teenage Girls

The Huffington Post | Carly Steyer | Posted 08.06.2015 | Teen

Adidas is stepping up to the plate and making sure that teenage girls have the sportswear they need in order to keep crushin' it! The sportswear compa...

Nude Female Athletes Preach Body Love On ESPN's Cover

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women

Sometimes, we need a little reminder that athletes -- like other humans -- come in all shapes and sizes. ESPN's annual Body Issue, which includes p...

Women's Sports Are Virtually Missing From TV

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 06.09.2015 | Media

Women's sports have come a long way in the last couple of decades. But the media is stuck in the past. In 1989, University of Southern California f...

Don't Call Me 'The Cutest Weightlifter'

Ravishly | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women

Four years ago, I not only entered the national weightlifting scene, I also crossed the threshold into the land of the Internet. GIFs and memes captured my most unflattering movements, Tumblr artists offered their best renditions of me.

In One GIF, This 20-Year-Old Shows How Powerful Women Can Be

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.19.2015 | Women

Strong things come in small packages. Crossfit athlete Darian Sperry stands at 5-foot-1 and just under 130 pounds -- and a GIF of her lifting 180...

Patience Is a Waste of Time

Joe De Sena | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

The key is the thought process behind the decision, as well as intent. Inactive patience is laziness. Patience with a plan, coupled with perseverance is a commanding weapon to hold in your utility belt.

Transitioning From College Athlete to 'N.A.R.P.'

Diana Murphy | Posted 04.05.2015 | Sports
Diana Murphy

This transition from full-time athlete to N.A.R.P (non-athletic regular person) has forced me to learn a lot about myself, free from definition, as well as the way others perceive non-athletes on campus.

Female Athletes Get Real About Their Periods

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women

British tennis player Heather Watson made headlines last week when she commented on her defeat at the Australian Open, telling reporters that dizzines...

Time Has Come A Day -- Inspirations on Feminism Vis a Vis Emma Watson, United Nations Ambassador for Women

Lisa Durant | Posted 02.23.2015 | Sports
Lisa Durant

The path back to life manifests in crazy twists and turns. Like many, I was born to a father that wanted a son first. As such, I became the boy that my father wanted in girl's clothing (sort of).

The Discourse Of Compassion Shaping Some Of Our Most Important Current Controversies In Sports

Andrei Markovits | Posted 02.22.2015 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

All three current topics that have placed the National Football League at the center stage of social debate in the United States -- violence against women (Ray Rice incident); abuse of children (Adrian Peterson incident); and concussions -- furnish yet further manifestation of the growing presence of what I have termed the "discourse of compassion" that has altered what is morally acceptable behavior in the United States.

Bethany Hamilton Makes Surfing With One Arm Sound Easy

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.13.2014 | Sports

Anyone who has attempted to surf knows how tough it can be. The sport requires stamina, strength, balance and agility. But Bethany Hamilton makes s...

The Feminine Athlete

Lindsey Holden | Posted 01.05.2015 | Media
Lindsey Holden

Lipsticked, magazine cover-ready women with just enough muscle tone may pass as athletes in magazines, but culturally perfect models aren't built to win Olympic gold in the 100-meter dash. In reality, women are accepted as athletes, but only when they fit a certain gendered mold.