We are Women Strong – Oxygen Magazine

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These star athletes have gone through similar struggles and rose above their circumstances to achieve greatness in the fitness world!

Though things should have progressed by now, in these modern times, women still make less money than men, are still seen as the weaker sex, and are often sexualized and belittled, even by people they know and trust. But also in these modern times, there is a movement and a sisterhood that allows us to stand up for ourselves without being labeled bitchy or demanding or difficult. Women have found a powerful voice and more than ever are coming together to speak out against a pervasive and insidious prejudice that, at its base, has only to do with genitalia. With the condemnation of celebrities such as Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein, with the politically charged women’s marches and the #MeToo social media phenomenon, women are gathering steam, putting fear and acquiescence aside in favor or strength and free speech, and they are taking matters — social, sexual and economical — into their own hands.

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No matter who you are or where you are in life, you’ve overcome obstacles. You’ve changed and adapted and grown stronger. You’ve become who you are today through a series of events — some great, some horrific — and you are now you. And just like you, these four women have overcome adversity in their lifetimes. They are mothers, sisters, athletes and allies, and their stories resemble your own at their very essence. Though the public sees them as glamorous, athletic women who have it all, their lives are as imperfect as yours. Yet they rose above circumstance and are now afforded the opportunity to help others with the luxury of hindsight and experience.

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