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.
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.