athletes

Gymnastics Gold

American Simone Biles is possibly the most talented gymnast in history. Cristen and Caroline somersault across the history of the OIympic event from its iconic hair and leotards to gendered and ethnic coding as well as the women like Simone Biles who have vaulted to worldwide attention.

7 Cowgirls Who Ruled the Frontier

It's easy to be fascinated by these rough-and-tumble frontier women. Cowgirls defied the gender norms and expectations of their time, trading skirts for chaps and housework for horses. In the 1922 book "The Cowboy: His Characteristics, His Equipment," author Philip Ashton Rollins claims women weren't an important factor in the West because there were so few of them. Despite the existence of Calamity Jane or Cattle Kate, Rollins wrote that "ranchwomen's" influence was pretty much limited to their households. He never met these seven extraordinary women.

11 Women Defying Gravity

"Those who don't jump will never fly." - Leena Ahmad Almashat

An Illustrated History of Tennis Fashion

Meet the World's Oldest (and Raddest) Yoga Teacher

In 2013, Guinness World Records named then-93-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch the world's oldest yoga instructor. Even though Porchon-Lynch has had a hip replacement, it hasn't slowed her practice, which she told the BBC she plans to keep up "until I can't breathe anymore." With her 96th birthday coming up in August, Porchon-Lynch is still teaching and impressing the world with her headstands and chaturangas and demonstrating the enduring potential of female strength.Namaste, yoga badass.

17 Women Who Made Olympic History

An inspiring round-up of Olympic women record makers and breakers.

The Olympics' First Female Gold Medalist