5 Strong Female Role Models to Inspire the Next Generation
1) Mary Lou Retton (1946 – 2001)
Mary Lou Retton was a former tennis player, who became one of the most successful women’s soccer players in history. She won two Olympic gold medals and three World Cup titles during her playing days.
After retiring from professional sports she became a well known television personality and public speaker.
2) Serena Williams (1984 – )
Serena Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and 12-time Grand Slam doubles champion. She holds the record for most consecutive grand slam wins with 14.
Her achievements have been recognised by being named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year twice, winning multiple awards including Player of the Decade at the 2004 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, and Women’s Tennis Association Player of the Century Award in 2005.
3) Martina Navratilova (1947 – )
Martina Navratilova is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, 11-time Grand Slam doubles champion and nine-time Grand Slam finalist. She holds the record for most consecutive grand slam wins with 15.
She is considered to be one of the best female players ever and played an instrumental role in developing the sport of women’s tennis into what it is today.
4) Billie Jean King (1943 – )
Billie Jean King is a six-time Wimbledon singles champion, four-time Wimbledon doubles champion and seven-time Grand Slam singles finalist. She is the founder of the WTA Tour and was instrumental in the success of the Women’s Tennis Association throughout her career as a player.
She is also an advocate for gender equality issues and has fought tirelessly for women’s rights.
5) Ronda Rousey (1987 – )
Ronda Rousey is a mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress. She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
She holds the record for fastest victory in UFC title fight at 48 seconds.
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