International Women's Day

Meet four women who are inspiring and empowering future generations.

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March 07, 2022

 


ALYSSA

For those who don't already follow you on Instagram or TikTok, can you share a bit about yourself? 

I'm an active and outgoing amputee who is focused on sharing the highs and lows of life on social media. I work full time for a prosthetic company, Martin Bionics, part time for a nonprofit, To Be Like Me, part-time on social media as an "influencer," and just got my real estate license. On top of that, I work out five times a week and have started running three to four times a week. I'm also a para dressage rider and hope to someday make it to the Paralympics. Besides all of that, I'm a cat mom, I enjoy reading and spending time with friends. 

 

What is a challenge you've faced and how did you overcome it?

I think one of the biggest challenges I've overcome is when I broke my arm in March of 2021. I had a bad horse-riding accident and couldn't use my right arm for 6 weeks since it was in a cast. I'm already missing my right leg, so it was quite a challenge to do everything. Even after I got the cast off, I still had to go through recovery and gain my strength back. It's been a long journey, but I've learned that there are people who will always be there for you and with the right mentality (and God), anything is possible. My arm is back to full use, & while I do have some pain here and there, it's like I never broke it.

 

 

What is a piece of advice you give to empower other women?

I'm a very "me" kind of person. I'm a little weird, little quirky, but I've never been afraid to be my authentic self, and I think that's what draws people in. Never try to be something you're not— people will be able to sniff it out in a second. 

 

What inspires you to remain true to yourself when posting about your life online? 

I think it's knowing that I'm not alone. We all have dealt with unkind people, difficult circumstances, etc, and I think it's a great way to connect with others on a deeper level. So often, big "influencers" seem untouchable, like their lives are perfect. While I'm not a big "influencer" in any way, I do have a platform. I choose to share the very "real life" stuff. I know I'm not the only going through what I'm going through— having support and accountability with my online friends is huge to me!

 

What's something you're proud of and why?

My diligence, for sure. If I want something, I'll work hard to achieve it. I feel like so many people can just give up cause it's too hard, but it's the diligent ones who get things done. I've been going to the gym 4-5x a week for almost two years now...I never thought I'd be that person! But, I have an end goal in mind, to get a fat a** and keep myself healthy, which I know I can only do if I'm diligent in going to the gym and going after my goals. And this applies with everything in life that you want to do! 

Follow Alyssa @alcequine 

 


RACHEL

What is a challenge you've faced and how did you overcome it?

When I first started coaching at a public school, I was the only female on staff. I'm now the head coach for two sports and I'm proud to say 50% of my staff is female. 

 

 

What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life?

Many more women coaches— and that's not only at my school but also in my certification courses over the years!

 

I took one of my female cross country runners to state, the first female in 20 years! I hope I can set a good example for my athletes and my own kids.

 

What's a piece of advice you give to empower other women? 

Keep doing what you're doing. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. It won't always come easy— but if it's worth doing, it rarely does anyway!

Follow Rachel @running_on.happy 

 


ALMETRIA

How can we encourage future women leaders within the sport you're part of?

As an African American woman and woman of color certified in long distance running and yoga, the world needs the power of your voice, cultural experiences and light by continuing to diversify these spaces.

 

We need to see more certified WOC coaches, teachers and allies leading and guiding the way to not only ensure equality but equity too. Change begets change when everyone sees that change is necessary in order to move the stagnant needle forward.

 

 

What's a piece of advice you give to empower other women?

Pour yourself the first cup and give to others from your overflow. Only you know the bandwidth of how much your cup and saucer can give and carry. Make sure you're not the one who's left feeling empty while others are being refilled. Give yourself the grace and space in becoming the woman you are today.

Follow Almetria @fitandfinallyfree 

 


KARIN

What is a challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?

When I started my career almost 25 years ago, I was the youngest female in fire rescue out of 3. I faced many criticisms as I moved up the ranks that I didn't earn my spot. I am currently the only female captain but have gained so much respect over the years by my peers for the job that I do.

 

How do you empower other women?

I encourage other women to go big on their goals and dreams.

Follow Karin @runnergirl_karin