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The Best Feminist Moments of the Rio Olympics

The Rio Olympics was an exciting one for women full of feminist moments. Unfortunately, there were plenty of anti-feminist moments where sexism was perpetuated and women's gender were being policed. But, women kicked ass, made history, and were just plain awesome! In case you missed any of the Olympic coverage, here's a recap of my favorite feminist moments.

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Joyce Shahboz from American Ninja Warrior
"Even during my regular workouts, guys would tell me they were impressed by how many pull ups I could do.  I always refrained from making snide remarks back."

Joyce Shahboz is one of the first women to compete on American Ninja Warriorand has been participating since season four. At 44 years old, she is also the oldest woman “to make it to Vegas and to the 5th obstacle.” She’s a role model for everyone.

I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with her when she stood right next to me at Team Ninja Warrior. I was there for the taping to watch the competition live and cheer on all the ninjas! Joyce was grounded, calm, and down-to-earth, like many of the ninjas. We talked about when she first got on the show, how she gets nervous before competing and how facing the obstacles has helped her conquer her fear of heights.

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Michelle Warnky from American Ninja Warrior
"There are definitely times I’ve heard negative comments about me not being strong enough, not sure if that was because I am a girl or because they just didn’t think I was strong enough, but I always try to use the negative comments to give me more motivation and not be brought down by them."

Michelle Warnky is one of the rockstars on American Ninja WarriorShe was the second woman to ever complete a city qualifying course making history for women on the show.

I met Michelle at the taping of Team Ninja Warrior in Long Beach, CA. While I didn't chat with her much in person, I experienced her to be sweet as pie, genuinely full of joy and grateful to her fans.

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