My girl crush on Ronda Rousey knows no limits. While I admire her spectacular athleticism, it is her attitude that really impresses me: she refuses to be anything less than truly herself. In a man’s world, a woman’s world, in Ronda’s world. The world adapts to her.
That is integrity and self-respect! When Coach tells me to be an Amazon and to own my spot in the world, I think of Ronda and how she does so, and I am inspired to be unapologetically at my best.
Other than Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook, and author of Lean In -if you haven’t watched her Ted Talk about Women Leaders, do so. Now.) Ronda Rousey is the best female role model I’ve seen in recent years.
Don’t be a #DNB
By now, most of us have marveled at the skill and ferocity of MMA champion Ronda Rousey. Her recent 34-second dismantling of Brazilian Bethe Correia, and her dedication of the fight to recently deceased pro-wrestling legend Roddy Piper, places her on hallowed ground in the eyes of many fight fans. But because she is a woman — an attractive woman — complicates things for not only some fans of the sport, but the public at large.
There is no questioning the credentials of Ms. Rousey. She’s undefeated, all by knockout or submission. She’s only been taken to the third round once. She has won fights in 14, 16 and 25 seconds. Only a handful on her fights have gone past a minute. In fact, she’s only ever needed to spend a total of 25 minutes and 36 seconds to win all of her 12 fights. But the she thing remains problematic for purists, and…
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