In a world where women have been forced to take second place or face abuse from their superiors in order to make it in a 'man's world', there are those who wake up every day and strive to prove that they are the very best. They stand up to the obstacles in their way, and show that they can use their bodies to do what no one else can.
While they may not get the same pay or fame as their male counterparts, their strength and endurance in the sporting world is a testament to what women everywhere can accomplish.
Not only No.1 in the world of women's tennis, Serena Williams is definitely one of the greatest players of all time, period. She holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players, has set many all-time records (male or female) in national and international tournaments, and has won four Olympic gold medals so far.
On top of all this, it was revealed that she recently won the 2017 Australian Open while 8 weeks pregnant!
The 36-year-old athlete has an impressive record of finding a way to rise to the top and being awarded for her impeccable talent. She is arguably the best soccer goalkeeper in the United States, and has taken the national team to victory many times over.
She gained notoriety when she took the U.S. team to the semifinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2007, and won gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
She currently holds records in wins, shutouts, appearances, and has the longest undefeated streak out of U.S. goalkeepers.
Affectionately nicknamed "Rowdy", Rousey has fought her way to the top of many sporting leagues and made a name for herself as a not-to-be-messed-with personality.
She was the first woman from the U.S. to earn a medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympic games, and was the woman's champion of mixed-martial-arts in two separate leagues. During her time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, she won 12 consecutive fights before falling in the finals.
She has been described as the most "dominant" active athletes in the world, was the highest paid fighter in the UFC (male or female) in 2015, and was the third most searched person on Google in the same year.
But she's not the only female athlete that has refused to slow down...