Women in sports face many obstacles today, such as lower pay, fewer media coverage, and different injuries than their male counterparts. Many female athletes have been involved in peaceful protests, such as social media campaigns, playing strikes, and even federal lawsuits to address the inequalities around the globe, but many go unheard.
The number of women who currently play or closely follow sport events is steadily increasing. Women’s participation and performance still vary significantly by country and sport. Women’s sports are accepted throughout the world today.
Developed countries pay more attention to diverse careers such as sports, but this is still a dream for many women in underdeveloped countries like India, Pakistan, Thailand, Bhutan, African countries, and more.
Despite a rise in women’s participation in sports, a significant disparity in participation rates between women and men is still evident.
These disparities are prevalent globally and continue to hinder equality in sports. Many institutions and programs remain conservative and do not contribute to gender equity in sports. This blog is an inspiration to quote some of those women in sports who, despite facing all the problems mentioned above, rose and became an inspiration to many women playing sports today.
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
Billie Jean King, Tennis player
Billie Jean King is regarded as one of the greatest Tennis players of all time. All throughout her career, she has won 39 Grand Slam titles – which includes 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. Today, she is a primary spokesperson for feminism and LGBTQ+ equality.
“Follow your dreams. If you have a goal, and you want to achieve it, then work very hard and do everything you can to get there, and one day it will come true.”
Lindsey Vonn, Skier
Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American former ski racer, who is one of the only two female skiers to win four World Cup overall championships (along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll). She is the first American woman to win the gold medal downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She also holds eight World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline, five titles in super-G, and three consecutive titles in the combined. Although she has missed parts of several seasons as a result of injuries, she has the second-highest super ranking of all skiers (both men and women included).
” Always work hard, never give up, and fight until the end because it’s never really over until the whistle blows.”
Alex Morgan, Soccer player
Alex Morgan is an American professional soccer player. She co-captained the United States women’s national soccer team (along with Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe) from 2018 to 2020. In the 2011 WPS Draft, Morgan was drafted number one by the Western New York Flash. Currently, she holds 175 international caps and 109 goals. Morgan is also a part of the US soccer women fighting for equal pay.
“Everything comes at a cost. Just what are you willing to pay for it?”
Serena Williams, Tennis player
Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. She holds 23 Grand Slam titles, the most by any player in the open era. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions, by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). Altogether, she has been No.1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era (behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova). She was the only woman to feature on the list of Forbes Highest Paid Athletes 2019.
“There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.”
Kerri Walsh Jennings, Volleyball player
Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player. She played with partner Misty May-Treanor for most of her career, and they were regarded as one of the greatest beach volleyball teams of all time. Along with her partner, she has won three consecutive Olympic gold medals from 2004-12, and 21 consecutive Olympic matches. As of 2016, she is the beach volleyball career leader in both career victories and career winnings with 133 victories and $2,542,635 in winnings.
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.”
Wilma Rudolph, Sprinter
Wilma Rudolph was an African-American sprinter. She has acclaimed the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. She holds the record for the 100-meter at 11.2 seconds and the 200-meter at 22.9 seconds. In the early 60s, she was among the most iconic black women in America and abroad.
“I don’t think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think of it as a kind of grace.”
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track and field athlete
Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee is an American retired track and field athlete. She is considered among the all time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump. Over four different Olympic games, she has won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. She is also one of the most famous sportspeople who have overcome severe asthma. She founded the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation in 1988, which is dedicated to providing youth, adults, and families with athletic, academic lessons and the resources to improve their quality of life.
“Sometimes there are no second chances, no next time. Sometimes it’s now or never.”
Abby Wambach, Soccer Player
Abby Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, is the all-time leading goal scorer for the US women’s national soccer team. With 184 international goals, she owns the record for both male and female players. Wambach was a member of the United States Women’s National Team from 2001 to 2015, winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. She is well-known for her deft play, particularly her goal-scoring diving headers. Her 122nd-minute equaliser against Brazil in 2011 after a Megan Rapinoe cross is widely regarded as one of the finest goals in Women’s World Cup history.
“I never look back, I look forward.”
Steffi Graf, Tennis player
Steffi Graf is a former professional tennis player from Germany. She is the only tennis player to win all four Grand Slam singles titles as well as the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year, which led her to earn the Golden Slam. She is also the first tennis player to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments. The Women’s Tennis Association ranked her world No. 1 for a record 377 weeks (more than 7 years). In 1999, she retired at the age of 30 while she was ranked world no. 3. In 2004, she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
“It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there.”
Mia Hamm, Soccer player
Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra is an American former professional soccer player. She played as a forward for the United States women’s national soccer team from 1987 to 2004. She is also a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Until 2013, Hamm held the record for most international goals scored by a woman or man, and she is currently in third place, behind former teammate Abby Wambach and Canadian striker Christine Sinclair. She has a total of 158 international goals and holds 276 international caps.
Hope you enjoyed reading this blog of Sports Quotes and equally inspired you with courage and determination and pursue your dream in sports.