From mothers who always put their children first to leaders fighting for more women’s rights, ladies past and present and near and far need to be celebrated. And while we love the men, too, this post is all about those powerful lady bosses who go the extra mile to make it to the top.
Ready to celebrate yet? Get inspired with the stories of six women who made headlines when they, you guessed it, beat out the boys:
Malala Yousafzai: Youngest Nobel Prize winner
At the ripe age of 11, Malala began advocating for education and women’s rights in Pakistan. Writing under a pseudonym for the BBC, Malala described what is was like to live under Taliban occupation, where women were banned from attending school. Her bravery and persistence earned her the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest Nobel Prize laureate at only 17 years old!
Anky van Grunsven: Winner of three successive Olympic games
The Dutch equestrian has not only won the most Olympic medals out of both male and female competitors, she’s also the only person to have won three Olympic games in a row.
Carli Lloyd: Fastest hat trick
Soccer star Carli Lloyd is the only player to have ever scored three goals in one single World Cup match, the first hat trick in a Women’s World Cup Final ever. Not to mention, she’s also previously been named both U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year and FIFA Player of the Year and brought home an Olympic gold medal with her team. No big deal, right?
Margaret Court: Most Grand Slams
With 62 winning Grand Slam events in her outstanding tennis career, Margaret has surpassed both male and female players. Plus, she also is the only woman to have won a mixed doubles Grand Slam. And she did it not once, but twice.
Abby Wambach – Most international goals in soccer
Abby may be retired, but she sure did leave a mark: The Olympic Gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and six-time holder of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year title also holds the world record for most international goals in soccer for both men and women, at an astonishing 184 goals.
Marjorie Gestring: Youngest gold medalist in the Olympics
Marjorie was a professional diver who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. At just 13 years old, Marjorie is the youngest person to ever win a gold medal in the Olympics.