Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Who Runs The World? Girls!

I love when pop culture can directly influence my feelings. You guys have heard my professional wrestling rambles before, but I think this one might be my favorite. 

On Sunday night, WWE hosted a Pay Per View called Hell In A Cell. For those who are not familiar with the concept of a Hell In A Cell match, it is a massive cage that covers the ring and there are no rules. 

Matches like this have always been saved for men trying to end a massive feud. Sunday night was different. WWE gave the women a chance to take it to the Cell. Sasha Banks and Charlotte were going to make history, and rightfully so. 

They had been warned about the match. It's barbaric, unpredictable and changes careers. They didn't care. They wanted to be seen in the same light as their male coworkers. 

Not only were they being shown as equals, they were given the opportunity to be the main event of the show. A women's match has never been the main event of a WWE Pay Per View. Ever. Just a few short years ago women's wrestling was perceived as hair pulling, weird gimmicks (mud matches, pillow fights etc) and more focused on looks than athletic ability. 

When I ran Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis I heard the announcer make a really interesting comment. Of the almost 5,000 finishers, 3,000 were women. Over half of the participants! We, as women, are taking more chances and proving how powerful we truly are. Look at the amount of female running bloggers. It shows we aren’t afraid to put ourselves out there and be vulnerable. If we fail, oh well, at least we tried! We are here to build each other up and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

Let's go to the other end of the spectrum, next week there is a woman on the presidential ballot. I'm not sure that I can correctly put in to words how much of an impact that is. It doesn't matter what your opinions are, or mine, that's not what this is about. This is about women being able to be seen as equals with men. 

You know why? BECAUSE WE ARE!

If you take anything from this post, I hope it that the excuse “but I’m a girl” means nothing. NOTHING! Let’s stop using it. You can do anything! You can run a marathon, main event a Pay Per View event and hell, even become the next President of the United States. Ladies, we truly do run the world.