For years, males dominated the world of athletics and females were left in the shadow or on the sidelines. However, every now and then a female athlete will break the barriers of gender and charge into a sport where women are the minority. With the hype of the first female UFC champion circulating all over the country, now is a good time to highlight a few of the female athletes who have changed history and opened the doors for other women to have the same opportunities as men, not just in sports, but in all aspects of life.
The 26-year-old mixed martial artist/judo competitor is being recognized nationally as the first female UFC Bantamweight champion, as well as the number one female MMA fighter in her weight category. However, even before she was a household name, she was breaking records by competing in the Olympic Games, and at age 21 Rousey became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the judo category. She has also had a fairly successful career in martial arts, and when not competing, Rousey shares her talent by teaching MMA in Santa Monica.