“The 2012 London Olympics were destined to be notable for female participation when…three countries – Brunei, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia – added women to their national teams and ensured that this would be the first time every country represented sent at least one woman to the Games. Female participation in the Olympics has increased steadily in recent decades, but even accounting for that, the sheer amount of women punching holes in the barriers that once existed is breathtaking.” (Waldron, August 3, 2012)
Women like Megan Repinoe, Gabby Douglas, Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, and Sarah Attar (pictured above) are inspirational to the world of sports. They are making everyone recognize the potential of all female athletes regardless of their color, nationality, sexual orientation, shape, and size. As a result, their achievements are impacting international women’s rights; although, the impact is small, it is a step in the right direction.
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