Women’s Revolution: The Most Influential Women in Sports

If you’re a fan of sports, chances are you’ve already realized how hard it is for women to break into the industry. It seems like often they’re there to provide evidence of gender parity, and to entice men to tune in to the half-time show or the pre-match commentary. Women in sports have had a long road to achieving success in their chosen field, but we’re here to show you that the struggle hasn’t all been in vain.

Here is a list of some of the most influential women in sports today – they’re either on the field winning accolades, or actively pursuing their goals in the board room or office. Either way, these women are forces of nature.

Serena Williams

In 2017, the world completely lost its mind when it was announced that not only had Serena Williams won another title – this time at the Australian Open – but had won it all while eight weeks pregnant. Think about the effort it must have taken to play tennis while also growing a human! This story is representative of Williams’ drive and astounding ability, which has led to her being considered one of the foremost athletes in the world.

She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, four Olympic gold medals, and was the highest paid female athlete of 2016.

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Kelli Masters

Kelli Masters is one of the few women to break into the cutthroat world of sports management. She’s one of a very small number of female sports agents, having broken into the business in 2004 by starting her own company.

At first, Kelli Masters Management only represented Olympians, but in 2010, she signed her first NFL client, which rocketed her into the major leagues. Now, she represents dozens of clients and is active not only in professional sports, but also uses her influence to promote different charitable causes.

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Ronda Rousey

For years, mixed martial arts (MMA) was solely the dominion of men. It’s a sport designed to take advantage of a competitor’s brute strength, which gave people the impression that women could not succeed in the ring.

Ronda Rousey proved them all wrong when she burst on to the scene in 2010. In 2012, she signed with the UFC as their first female fighter. She is currently the number one female MMA fighter in the world. Her willpower and strength are an example to others who want to follow in her footsteps.

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