March is Women's History Month and there isn't a better time to celebrate some of the women in sports (past and present) we love. From the revolutionary Billie Jean King to the unprecedented dominance of Simone Biles, women are showing they can be fierce and inspire billions of girls to follow in their footsteps. Here are some debates we came up with to honor the sportswomen we have come to admire. Vote below!
Women's tennis has been a sport of influential players, but there are two who are head and shoulders above the rest. Serena Williams lit tennis on fire with her unabashed style and intensity, molding a new generation of tennis players. Billie Jean King challenged misogyny and beat Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, showing that women can compete with men. What do you think? 🎾
American gymnasts have always been America's sweethearts, especially after a gold medal, but there few who are more beloved than Simone Biles and Mary Lou Retton. Biles is the most decorated gymnast ever and her dominance is an inspiration to many. Mary Lou Retton was the first American to win a gold in the all-around gymnastics event and the first woman to be on the front of a Wheaties cereal box. American gymnastics as we know it today started with her. Who do you love more? 🤸
There are some women in the WNBA who are a walking bucket, but there are few who can score like Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore. Taurasi is already considered one of the best WNBA players of all time, averaging 19.6 points per game through 15 years in the league, the most in WNBA history. Still, when she isn't helping people get out of jail, Moore could light up the scoreboard anytime she walked on the court. Who would you want if you needed a score? 🏀
The United States Women's National Team has served as a model for many women and no two women may have shaped young girls quite like Megan Rapinoe and Mia Hamm. Rapinoe has not only performed on the field, but she also has been outspoken and confident off of it. Hamm inspired an entire generation of girls to play soccer by being the face of the USWNT, making it one of the most popular sports among young women in the United States. Who was more important to the sport? ⚽
When it comes to figure skating, you'll rarely find skaters more accomplished than Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi. Kwan's skating career spanned over a decade with five world championships to her name. Yamaguchi, on the other hand, won three of her international competitions in singles on the senior level, including a gold medal at the Olympics, something Kwan never achieved. If these two competed in their primes, who would get the higher score? ⛸️
Not only have women wowed crowds with their grace, but they have also sent entire arenas into a frenzy with their power. Ronda Rousey was one of the most dominant MMA fighters for an entire decade, setting the record for most title defenses for a woman. Amanda Nunes became the first two-division women's champion in UFC history and has won 13 of her 19 fights by knockout. Who would you want to protect you in their prime? 👊