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Ten Most Influential Female Athletes Acorss All Sports

There’s no denying, that female athletes are strong and they influence more women to come and join the sports industry. From Tennis court to Mountain climbing, From swimming in brutal ocean conditions to running with a blistering speed on the track, Women have done all. They have proved from time to time and again, why they are capable of achieving the same feats as any male athlete can do. Today, we bring the list of Most Influential Female Athletes who inspire the generation and motivate the nation girls and play a crucial role in women empowerment.

Most Influential Female Athletes

The following women are notable for their contributions to sports. In many cases, their outsize impact on the broader culture too. 

Serena Williams

  • Sports: Tennis

To put her achievements under a single post isn’t possible. With a career spanning over two decades, Serena Williams outshines in every possible way and inspires generations of girls. She is a constant reminder to all women what can be achieved through sheer force of determination and tenacity. The 37 years old always deliver when its matters the most. 23 Grand slam titles, 14 Grand slam doubles with sister Venus, and Four gold Medals in Olympics, She truly believed in the proverb “Sky is the limit”.

Off the field, she is always seen battling racism slurs and racism agenda. It doesn’t matter whether she is battling rivals, racism, or sexism, Serena is victorious and the magnitude of her success is incredibly compelling.

PV Sindhu

  • Sport: Badminton

Playing badminton from the age of 8, and traveling 36 miles every day to train, she truly inspired the young girls in India how to shine. Sindhu rise above the status quo ranks after winning tournaments and awards in every age category she was put in. Later on, she became the first Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the badminton World Championships.

In 2018, PV Sindhu was the only Indian in the top 10 of Forbes’ list of highest-paid sportswomen in the world. She is the only sportsperson overall in Forbes India’s inaugural “tycoons of tomorrow” list.

Junko Tabei

  • Sport: Mountain Climbing

Junko Tabei was a Japanese Mountain climber. Junko Tabei became the first-ever woman to summit Mount Everest in 1075. With this feat, she shattered the gender barrier in mountain climbing sports and open the door for the next generation of women to come and conquer. Junko Tebei was the founder of the first women’s climbing club in Japan during an era when most such groups were men-only.

Women came after her following her step foot. In 2019, out of 100 Everest climbers, 20% were women. Although she didn’t stop with Everest. Tabei went on to scale many more enormous mountains. In 1992, she became the first woman to climb the Seven Summits, i.e., the tallest peaks on the seven continents. 

Simone Biles

  • Sport: Gymnastics

It’s been said that, in the world of Gymnastics, the only competition for Simone Biles is herself. Last October, Biles became the Goat of Gymnastics after she won her 25th World Championship medal. Simone Biles became the first gymnastics male and female to win 25 gold medals. Her talent and dedication know no bounds. She had three different moves named after her.

Lindsey Vonn

  • Sports: Skiing

Although she retired from competitive sports in 2019. But she left an unmatched legacy behind her. With 82 World Cup victories to her name, Lindsay Vonn is the winningest female skier of all time. Her list of accomplishments is staggering. Lindsey Vonn won the most World Cup crystal globe titles for men or women. She won the cup 20 times. Lindsey Vonn was the first American to win Olympic gold in the downhill event in 2010.

Moreover, Vonn is one of just six women who have won World Cup races in all five skiing disciplines. She’s one of only two to win the World Cup overall championships just four-time.

Apart from winning on the field, she battled off the field with injuries she faced during her career including a torn knee ligament, a broken ankle, and critical nerve damage in her arm. But She refuses to give up and that shows how determined she was. Vonn leaves the sport as skiing’s biggest star.

Ada Hegerberg

  • Sport: Football

Maybe she is not famous like Mia Hamm or Alex Morgan, But her story and journey for equal pay rights are worth knowing. She’s the pinnacle behind the movement of Equal pay and gender equality in football. Ada Hegerberg is the first recipient of the Ballon d’Or Feminin, honoring the best female footballer. This hallowed prize came due to her exploits at Lyon, where four consecutive Division 1 Feminine crowns have been lifted and she’s been the top scorer for the last three of these. 

She used the best player podium to raise her voice over the inequality and not equal pay issue. She said men and women both worked hard, play 90 mins then why on an international level there is such discrimination in the pay gap?.

Moreover, she refused the idiotic requests to “twerk” on stage at the Ballon d’Or ceremony. In her powerful speech, she urged “young girls all over the world” to “believe in yourselves”.

She later refused to play for the international team over the equal pay concern. Although she has to give up her career, her voice reaches everywhere, and now most Football nations including her own national team, Award the same pay cap for men’s and women’s football teams.

Ronda Rousey

  • Sport: MMA/Wrestling

Women who changed the landscape of the women’s division in MMA and wrestling. Ronda Rousey is a trailblazer. No matter where you look over the course of her career, she has been ripping up the rung-up rule book, breaking down barriers, and turning stereotypes on their head. One key virtue that says “Never take No for an answer”. She rises above all in the sports industry.

Women were never supposed to be in the UFC. However, Rousey’s excellence and persistence forced the management and made it impossible for the company’s president Dana White to omit them.

Cecilia Braekhus

  • Sport: Boxing

Cecilia Braekhus was the first woman boxer ever to headline an HBO card. She is the first female pugilist to attain undisputed status. In fact, she is only one of five boxers in history, man or woman to hold all four alphabet belts simultaneously and remains the No1 pound-for-pound women’s fighter in a Time when everyone starts respecting the game.

Boxing was indeed treated like a male-dominant sport. Christy Martin in the 1990s and Laila Ali in the early part of this century try to change the landscape but women’s boxing has always lagged behind. However, the success of Cecilia Braekhus changed the perception drastically.

Lisa Leslie

  • Sport: Basketball

From the 7th pick in 1997 to attaining the Number 1 rank,  Leslie went on to have one of the best careers in the WNBA. Lisa Leslie was the first female basketball player ever to dunk in the WNBA.

In her accomplishments, She won two WNBA championships, three WNBA MVPs, and an eight-time All-star WNBA team. she also won three Olympic Gold medals.

After taking retirement in 2009, she became a full-time commentator and Join Fox sports as an analyst in Florida.

Mithali Raj

  • Sport: Cricket

After Sachin Tendulkar Country of 1.25 Billion people only connected together when Mithali Raj came to bat. She inspired the younger generation of women and girls to seek greater heights despite the low grounds. Mithali Raj is the only captain, male or female, who leads India in two separate ODI World Cup finals. Although she finished on the losing side in both 2005 and 2017. 

She is the all-time great and e leading run-scorer in the history of women’s cricket. A biopic under her name “Shahbash Mithu” is in progress to show her struggle and dedication which guided her to greater heights to inspire a new generation. Now, though, she’s one of the most recognizable faces in Indian cricket.

And at 36, she’s still going strong, holding a top-five ODI batting ranking and scoring nearly 1000 runs across formats over the last year.

Final Thoughts

  1. Serena Williams
  2. PV Sindhu
  3. Junko Tabei
  4. Simone Biles
  5. Lindsey Vonn
  6. Ada Hegerberg
  7. Ronda Rousey
  8. Cecilia Braekhus
  9. Lisa Leslie
  10. Mithali Raj

There you have it, our all-time list of Most Influential Female Athletes ever. These exceptional women did not just conquer their various sports. They have become role models and idols for the younger generations of athletes and the entire world. Their names will forever be etched in history.

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High on sports since forever, aspiring sports journalist and a FC Barcelona fan. Enjoys writing articles on any sport. Can also be considered a F1 bandwagoner.

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