We are in this together. #WeAreSpartan. This week, we highlight Emma Limburg, a 21-year-old Spartan from New London, NH who is passionate about women’s empowerment. Read her powerful story below.
By Emma Limburg, Spartan Guest Writer
When asked why I run Spartan Races, I don’t respond with ‘to keep my body healthy’ or ‘because it allows me to challenge myself and see what I am capable of,’ even though both of those answers are true.
I run Spartan races to empower women all over the world.
I run to prove that women are just as capable of being strong and determined as men are.
I run to communicate that femininity can be defined by independence and power, rather than weakness and sensitivity.
I run to show this country that I can continue to strive in a male-dominated society.
I run to voice to the public that women are not sexual objects, but agents for women’s liberation.
I run to defy history and make a noteworthy stance that demonstrates the refusal to surrender to this hegemonic ideology.
I represent all women who have had to settle.
I represent all women who have been defeated.
I represent all women who have been told that they were not good enough.
I represent all women who have been critiqued on their body image or sense of character.
I represent all women who have been sexually assaulted and then told that it was their own fault.
I represent all women who were convinced by someone else that they can’t do something.
I represent all women who are trapped by gender stereotypes.
I represent all women who have been degraded for their hard work.
I represent all women who have been told that womanhood comes with limitations.
I represent all women who have decided to rebel against these injustices.
For whom do I stand?
I stand for the women who represent the 45 percent of the athletes that are participating in the Olympics.
I stand for the women who represent the 60 percent of sexual assault victims that go unreported.
I stand for women who represent the 13 percent of rape victims that attempt suicide.
I stand for the 69.3 percent of women aged 25-49 who are employed in the United States.
I stand for the 88 percent of women that have experienced verbal sexual harassment, as well as the 92 percent of women that reported having experience with sexual violence in public spaces.
I stand for the women that make up 70 percent of human trafficking victims.
Finally, I stand for all the women that are not represented in these statistics.
I am a Spartan because of my: Courage. Dedication. Strength. Intelligence. Focus. Willpower. Femininity. And nothing can stop me.
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