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Several British stars, including Paula Radcliffe, recently spoke out against an initiative to equalize cross-country distances for male and female athletes. The debate is more complicated than it seems.
Don’t call them huntresses. “We hate that word,” says Rihana, marketing director for Mtn Ops, a company that sells nutritional supplements and clothing for hunters. “It’s too sexualized, like temptress or seductress. Why does everyone try to put us in our own category? We’re hunters”—like hikers are hikers and runners are runners.
Altra Running recently announced its sponsorship of two pregnant runners, Alysia Montaño and Tina Muir. Montaño is a U.S. national champion and an Olympian in the 800 meters, and Muir is a 2:36 British marathoner and host of the podcast Running for Real. In an industry that has historically penalized women for having children, this new move by Altra is setting a new standard.
The law will soon mandate equal pay for men and women in athletic events on California state lands. But equal prize money doesn’t matter if women don’t have the same access to competitions as men. Overall they’ll still earn less.
Storage previously wasn’t sewn into women's clothing; instead, women would wear pockets on a belt around their waist, usually beneath their skirts. They would access these pockets through slits in the outer layer of their dres. These pockets were huge; they were often large enough to carry snacks like oranges and apples. They were also beautiful and personalized with embroidery and embellishments.
In 2014, a 37-year-old former business consultant embarked upon a walk around the world on a personal mission. After being raped by a stranger in Mongolia, she kept going, this time on a mission to advocate for women's safety.
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Maggie Guterl became the first woman to win the Big Dog Backyard Ultra, the race with no end.
Marquis’s goal is entirely her own invention—she is, if nothing else, a free woman—and in chasing after that goal, she has been catcalled and harassed in most of the earth’s major languages. She has not flinched, perhaps because she’s been too focused on evading the other crazy perils that pervade all great adventure.
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Unsurprisingly, the implications of this debate ripple far beyond the sport.
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Staff members of Marie Stopes International navigate wild bulls, treacherous singletrack, and rushing rivers to make long-term birth control accessible to some of the hardest-to-access places in Nepal. Although short-term contraceptives—condoms, pills, and injections—are generally stocked, these methods are impractical in a place where many women have to hike for the better part of a day to replenish their supplies.