So I follow A Mighty Girl on Facebook and they recently featured Alysia Montaño, writing:
Olympic track star Alysia Montaño, who set a US record in the indoor 600 meters event last year, wears a flower in her hair during every race. Growing up and racing against boys in her neighborhood, she started wearing a flower to remind them that they were being beaten by a girl. As Montaño explained in an interview: “The flower to me means strength with femininity. I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong.”
Um, can anyone read that without saying, “BAM, preach it sister!” in their head afterwards? I can’t.
I love her concept of the intersection of strength and femininity (and her obvious qualities of beauty, work ethic, self-discipline, and dedication), but I fell even more in love with her and her values when I visited her blog. In this blog post she writes about how she parted with one of her sponsors because she was uncomfortable with lying about her use of their product.
Yep, go ahead and add integrity to her other qualities of beauty, femininity, strength, and speed.