This post is dedicated to the women of CFSC. As athletes, you guys -- no pun intended -- are accomplishing so much more than improving work capacity over broad time and modal domains. By pursuing a field traditionally dominated by men, you are role models for many young girls. Yet, as far as women have come in sports -- it was once taboo for women to ride bikes, let alone bounce a ball -- there's still way too much chauvinism and discrimination in our society.
One only needs to glance at a photo of the United States Senate or scan the Forbes 400 list to see that women are grossly underrepresented in spheres of power and influence. We now hear demagogic politicians pontificating about a "War on Women," but when it comes to women in war -- a sphere where bravery, strength and valor matter more than religion, race and sexual orientation -- there have been few advancements toward greater gender equality. Today, even as we prepare to watch remarkable female prowess in London for the Olympics and Los Angeles for the CrossFit Games, women soldiers are still primarily relegated to auxiliary roles on the battlefield.
Women make up a majority of the world's population. They are an indispensable part of the U.S. workforce, dominating vital sectors like healthcare and education. And they are now the majority on college and university campuses. Despite all this, women are still paid 70 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. No wonder women are throwing such heavy weights around -- I'd be pissed too.
So ladies, just know your strength and perseverance don't go unnoticed. As athletes, your actions are a perfect metaphor of the past sacrifices it took for you to get to where you are today, and what it will take to get this generation of girls where they deserve to be. Indeed, your actions in the box speak much louder than my words will ever convey.
Break that glass ceiling with a barbell.