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  Tatyana McFadden spent much of her childhood in a St. Petersburg orphanage where she did not receive adequate medical attention for her spina bifida, a condition which paralyzed her from the waist downwards. Without access to a wheelchair, she learned to walk on her hands, an experience which she now tells The New York Times taught her “as much about finding mental strength as physical strength [and] may have helped my arms and shoulders [and] it also ... Read More
Last month, we reported on Diana Nyad’s incredible 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Now Nyad is doing something even cooler: she’s swimming for Superstorm Sandy relief. Diana certainly doesn't cease to amaze us! As a part of “Nyad: Swim for Relief,” Nyad will be in New York City, swimming a total of 48 continuous hours in order to raise funds for the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Her cause certainly doesn't come as a ... Read More
A stereotypical view of NFL games conjures images of men in face paint pounding beers and eating copious amounts of junk food, leaving their wives/girlfriends/families at home. But those generalizations can be squashed as women continue to grow as an important part of the sport’s fan base. According to ESPN, 44 percent of NFL TV viewers are women, up from 34 percent in 2011. As far as getting more women in the stadium for game days, the NFL has been ... Read More
Geena Davis is pretty much my hero, and we were thrilled to spot her hanging out around our BUST Craftacular space at Maker Faire this weekend. The actress has a long history of debunking female stereotypes in her films. In A League of Their Own she became a female athlete who made history; in Beetlejuice, she portrayed a warm, loving lady ghost who saved a teenage girl from being forced into a marriage with a demonic spirit. From her role in Thelma and ... Read More
  I’ll tell the story of “The Battle of the Sexes” the way it was told to me as a little girl on my way to my first national horse show. My father explained to me: Even after Title IX gave women athletes the rights to proper funding, the public did not have the same reverence for women’s sports as they did for men’s. Nowhere was this more apparent than in tennis. Former tennis star Bobby Riggs notoriously disrespected women and ... Read More