As women across the world celebrate International Women’s Day, Jamaican Olympians Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have shared messages of upliftment to commemorate the globally recognized day.
International Women’s Day highlights the need for gender equality and the dispelling of gender-based bias, stereotypes, and discrimination, while simultaneously acknowledging the achievements of women in society. The day sees women of all ages, cultures, nationalities, and professions sharing their voices in the upliftment of women and young girls whose rights are still not recognized today.
In her Women’s Day message, Thompson-Herah highlighted the advancements achieved in women’s rights, emphasizing that in earlier times, women did not have a say in the choices they made. The athlete encouraged women to continue to inspire and motivate each other as they celebrate Women’s Day. Thompson-Herah’s fellow elite sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took to Instagram to acknowledge the women who played pivotal roles in her life, writing,
“There are so many women in my life who helped me become who I am today. And I carry them with me. They are a part of my history and continue to be a part of my future.”
Both athletes have come a long way since running track and field in high school and have become global icons for women in sports. Thompson-Herah became the first woman to complete the Olympic sprint double since the late Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 2016 Rio Olympics, claiming gold in the 100m and 200m. The 30-year-old went on to defend her titles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and became the fastest woman alive over the 100m distance at the Wanda Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, in 2021.
Fraser-Pryce became the first athlete to win five world titles in an individual running event and the oldest world champion in an individual event on the track in 2022 after winning the 100m at the World Championships. She later set a meeting record during her fifth Diamond League trophy win at the Diamond League final in Zurich.
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